Prepare for a captivating journey into the world of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” as LSU’s Turner-Fischer Center for Opera brings this timeless classic to life in a visually stunning graphic novel setting. The enchanting tale unfolds as Prince Tamino and the bird-catcher Papageno embark on their quest to rescue Princess Pamina. Get ready to be transported into a world of magic, adventure, and romance, spiced with humor, when this unique production takes the stage at LSU’s Shaver Theatre.
The adventure commences on Friday, October 27, and continues with a matinee performance on Sunday, October 29. As the story unfolds, we find Prince Tamino, a lost prince in a foreign land, pursued by a formidable serpent. His salvation arrives in the form of the Queen of the Night’s three ladies, who provide him with a portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina. It’s a case of love at first sight for Tamino, and he vows to rescue the princess, who has fallen into the clutches of the sinister Sarastro.
Tamino’s journey is made more engaging by his newfound friend, the bird-catcher Papageno. Together, they embark on a quest filled not only with magic and adventure but also moments of humor and romance. To aid them in their endeavors, the three ladies bestow upon Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a set of magic chimes, instruments known for their enchanting qualities.
But what sets this production apart is its modern, graphic novel-inspired visual aesthetic. The beloved music of Mozart is given a fresh twist as LSU’s Opera reimagines this classic in a way that resonates with a contemporary audience. Graphic novels often feature epic tales of heroes facing formidable challenges, and Prince Tamino’s journey is no different. With his comical companion Papageno, they are poised to delight and entertain.
Mozart originally premiered “The Magic Flute” on September 30, 1791, in Vienna, and it has continued to captivate audiences for over two centuries. From the iconic arias of the Queen of the Night to the delightful tunes of Papageno, every note in this enchanting production promises to captivate audiences of all ages.
The Friday evening performance commences at 7:30 p.m., while the Sunday matinee takes place at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at $32 for general admission, $22 for LSU employees, and $12 for students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Don’t miss this unique, visually stunning rendition of “The Magic Flute” that brings Mozart’s timeless masterpiece into the modern age.