MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE OPENS VANCOUVER OPERA’S2023–2024 SEASON

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FEATURING GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SOPRANO AUDREY LUNA AS THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT

The Magic Flute has FOUR performances
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver
October 21, 26 & 28 at 7:30 pm & October 29 at 2:00 pm


Vancouver, BC – September 18, 2023 – Vancouver Opera is excited to announce the launch of its 2023–2024 season on October 21st with the full-scale production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This production is a fairytale within a fairytale, immersing audiences in a magical, wild journey of high drama and whimsical delight featuring one of opera’s most famous characters, the Queen of the Night.

Making her Vancouver Opera debut in this pivotal role is grammy-award winning, global sensation Audrey Luna who has graced many stages including Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera where she set the world record for singing the highest written note.  

The Magic Flute weaves a captivating tale of love, courage, and enlightenment through a seamless blend of intricate music and a whimsical storyline. Diane Paulus was the Original Director of this production and Vancouverite and Artistic Director of Arts Club Theatre, Ashlie Corcoran (The Barber of Seville) is the Revival Director.

Conductor Tania Miller makes her VO debut leading the Vancouver Opera Chorus, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and the soloists in this incredibly popular and celebrated Mozart opera.  

This playful and stylized production of The Magic Flute begins at a garden party in 1791 where a performance of Magic Flute is being staged! It’s instant magical immersion for audiences, and the start of a wild journey of high drama and whimsical delight. Armed with an enchanted instrument, Tamino rescues the kidnapped Princess Pamina, and the pair face trials, tribulations, and the wrath of Pamina’s mother, the vengeful Queen of the Night.

But like any great fairytale—and this is among the greatest—light triumphs over darkness, and the young pair chart a path towards wisdom, truth, and love. Audiences will be transported to a storybook world of fantastical creatures, delightfully imaginative costumes, starry skies and garden mazes, and some of Mozart’s most sublime, soul-stirring music.

“We are thrilled to open our 2023-2024 season with this extraordinary and magical opera classic by one of history’s greatest composers, Mozart, which is sure to enchant Vancouver audiences,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “Vancouver Opera last presented this masterpiece a decade ago and we are certain audiences will be eager to see this production, cast and creative team we have assembled. This is an incredible ensemble bringing together company debuts and former company members.

Owen McCausland, alumnus of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, has been in high demand since his career began. Kirsten MacKinnon has captured the attention of audiences across North America and Europe and in 2017 was a finalist in the MET vocal competition. It’s also exciting to see how former company members have advanced their career since last performing with VO and we are thrilled to have Audrey Luna perform with us this season.”

Joining Audrey Luna in their VO company debuts are Owen McCausland as Tamino and Kirsten MacKinnon as Pamina. They are joined by principal artists, Clarence Frazer (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Papageno, Neil Craighead (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Sarastro. Roger Honeywell (Die Fledermaus) as Monostatos, the Three Ladies are portrayed by Melody Courage (Stickboy), Stephanie Tritchew (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Emma Parkinson (Dead Man Walking). McKenzie Warriner (Yulanda M. Faris Young Artist Program Alumnus) as Papagena, with Micah Schroeder (Eugene Onegin) as Speaker, Alan Corbishley (La Bohème) and Martin Renner Wallace (The River of Light) as the two priests.

This production was originally produced for the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, Ontario with Director Diane Paulus, Set & Costume Designer Myung Hee Cho, and Lighting Designer Scott Zielinski. The Magic Flute is sung in German with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage.  

Single tickets for the 2023–2024 season start at $50 and are available now through the Vancouver Opera box office online or at 604-683-0222. Additionally, those who want to become a member of the Vancouver Opera family can become a subscriber.

Choose from one of five subscriptions to experience Vancouver Opera with the best seats at the best price and a flexible exchange policy.   Vancouver Opera has the continuing support of The Canada Council for the Arts, Government of Canada, the BC Arts Council and BC Provincial Government, the City of Vancouver Cultural Services and Vancouver Civic Theatres.

Vancouver Opera thanks our long-time season sponsor, BMO. Ticket Centre sponsor is Mission Hill Family Estate.   For more information about the 2023–2024 Vancouver Opera Season, and to subscribe, please visit vancouveropera.ca.  

2023–2024 Vancouver Opera Season

THE MAGIC FLUTE By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sung in German with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage Saturday, October 21, 7:30PM | Thursday, October 26, 7:30PM | Saturday, October 28, 7:30PM | Sunday, October 29, 2:00PM  

DON PASQUALE By Gaetano Donizetti Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sung in Italian with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage Saturday, February 10, 7:30PM | Thursday, February 15, 7:30PM | Sunday, February 18, 2:00PM  

CARMEN By George Bizet Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sung in French with English SURTITLES™ projected above the stage Saturday, April 27, 7:30PM | Sunday, April 28, 2:00PM | Thursday, May 2, 7:30PM | Saturday, May 4, 7:30PM | Sunday, May 5, 2:00PM

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