Enchanting “Magic Flute” Concert: A Melodic Tribute and Support for Hawke’s Bay Musicians

by Madonna

Immerse yourself in the ethereal realm of Mozart’s magnificent masterpiece, “The Magic Flute,” through an extraordinary fundraising concert designed to uplift and bolster Hawke’s Bay’s Festival Opera.

Emerging onto the stage mere months prior to Mozart’s untimely departure, “The Magic Flute” is a narrative teeming with characters driven by ardor or enmity, all embarking on a quest for the ultimate verity.


This celebrated opera stands as a universally cherished opus, often hailed as one of the most enchantingly poignant compositions ever crafted. Within its notes echo melodies that have weathered the ages, leaving an indelible imprint on the annals of time.


“The Magic Flute in Concert” is an ingeniously staged performance, a condensed rendition of Mozart’s bewitching opera that captivates the senses and transports the audience to a realm of wonder.


Taking center stage are some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most illustrious operatic virtuosos, harmonizing in unison with the harmonious voices of choruses from Hawke’s Bay Festival Opera and Project Prima Volta. Together, they unite their talents with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, forging an unforgettable symphony of sound.

Among the luminaries gracing the stage, the role of Tamino will be embodied by the exceptional Emmanuel Fonoti-Fuimaono—a laureate of the New Zealand Aria competition, a finalist in the Lexus Song Quest, and a proud graduate of Project Prima Volta. Guiding the melodious odyssey is conductor Jose Aparicio, leading an ensemble of performers intrinsically linked to the Hawke’s Bay region.

“The Magic Flute in Concert” stands as a distinctive gala event, conjured not only to mesmerize the senses but also to extend a helping hand to Festival Opera and the wider Hawke’s Bay community in the wake of the destructive weather events that swept through in early 2023.

With unwavering generosity, the proceeds from this concert will be dedicated to Festival Opera, fostering their tireless mission of infusing operatic enchantment into the very fabric of Hawke’s Bay communities. This musical endeavor is not only a tribute to the enduring power of art but also a testament to the resilience and unity of a community rallying together in harmony.


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