This abridged version of Mozart’s opera in English was the first opera to be staged at Little Carib when it opened to sold out audiences and rave reviews last weekend.
The young cast will feature soprano Naette Lee (Vocal Recital winner Music Festival 2012) as the young princess Pamina who has been kidnapped from her mother the Queen of the Night sung by Natalia Dopwell (second prize winner at 2012 Concurso y Festival de Canto Lirico, Peru). The brave young prince Tamino (tenor Raguel Gabriel) embarks on the mission to rescue Pamina from the sorcerer Sarastro (bass Shellon Antoine) accompanied by the merry birdcatcher Papageno (sung on alternate evenings by Daniel DeCranie-Pierre and Kendall Joseph).
Currently the most frequently performed operatic work worldwide, Mozart’s final masterpiece is a playful but profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom and virtue. From the virtuosic coloratura arias of the Queen of the Night to the folksong-like melodies of the bird catcher Papageno, the full range of Mozart’s miraculous talent is on display in this magical fairy-tale opera.
The cast is led by voice trainer, June Nathaniel, stage director, Dr Helmer Hilwig with vivid costuming by Margaret Sheppard. Accompanying the performance will be Enrique Ali on the piano with flute obbligato by Katy Gainham (Professor of Music at the UTT) and Percussion by Von Best.
Funding for the CMDFTT’s 2013 productions has been provided by the National Gas Company of TT, First Citizens Asset Management Bank Limited with advertising sponsorship by Caribbean Communications Media.
The final performance of the Magic Flute on Sunday will be a 2.30 pm matinee performance.