Die Zauberflöte (2020)

The Magic Flute

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder

Sung in German with projected English supertitles

Agassiz Theatre • 5 James Street, Cambridge, MA

Performances: Jan. 31, Feb. 1, Feb. 2, Feb. 7, Feb. 8, and Feb. 9

Music Director … Benjamin P. Wenzelberg ’21

Stage Director … Madeleine Snow ’20

Producers … Frances Choi ’21, Jonathan Castillo ’21, Jarod Stone ’21, Yasmin Luthra ’21

Production Advisor … James Rose '22



Pamina … Jahnavi Rao ‘22

Tamino … Samuel Rosner ‘20

Queen of the Night … Natalie Choo ‘22

Sarastro … Luke Minton ‘20

Papageno … Henrique Neves ‘22

Papagena … Alina Dong ‘23

Monostatos … James Rose ‘22

First Lady (Helga) … Rebecca Stewart GSAS

Second Lady (Heidi) … Isabella Kopits ‘20

Third Lady (Heidrun) … Ruva Chigwedere ‘21

First Spirit (Margit) … Sydney Penny ‘22

Second Spirit (Morgen) … Kath Courtemanche ‘21

Third Spirit (Marta) … Olympia Hatzilambrou ‘23

Speaker of the Temple … Alexander Chen ‘22

Armed Men … Arhan Kumar ‘23 and Jasper Schoff ‘22

Chorus … Gregory Lipson ‘20, Hannah Liu ‘23, Katherine Lazar ‘21, Joao Marcos Copertino Pereira GSAS, Hannah Contreras GSAS/HMS, Molly Peterson ‘21, Cara Kupferman ‘20

Dancers … Laura Coe ‘22, Erin Aslami ‘22, Phoebe Suh ‘22

Audition Information

Orchestra audition information can be found here.

Harvard College Opera welcomes any undergraduate and/or Harvard affiliate interested in performing in the opera to audition. Auditions occur during the first week of classes under the auspices of the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s “Common Casting” week. Auditionees are welcome to bring any operatic aria, art song, or other piece they feel most comfortable performing in the audition – selections in German are encouraged, though not required. Following all auditions, HCO will select a few singers to call back to sing excerpts of a given role(s). Only the music of a few roles will be heard in callbacks – all roles will be cast based on these excerpts. Additionally, not receiving a callback does not exclude a person from being cast in a role.

While announcements about callbacks occur at the end of the first week of classes (with callbacks occurring that weekend), according to HRDC policy, HCO has posted the excerpts for each role being heard in callbacks below, so that any person wishing to look over them in advance may do so.

Auditions for Common Casting will be held in the Horner Room (Agassiz Theatre, 5 James St.) on:

Wednesday, Sept. 4th from 6:00-9:00 pm

Thursday, Sept. 5th from 9:00 pm-12:00 am

Friday, Sept. 6th from 6:00-9:00 pm

Saturday, Sept. 7th from 3:00-6:00 pm

Callback information is forthcoming.

Callback Excerpts

Callback excerpts are linked at the names of the characters below.

Papageno (only verses 1 and 2)
Queen of the Night
Papagena (only her part of the duet)

Roles in the opera

Pamina: lyric soprano, range: C4–Bb5. A young princess in captivity who proves to be Tamino’s match in withstanding the trials they face.

Tamino: tenor, range: F3–A5. A young prince who journeys to rescue Pamina and undergoes Sarastro’s trials to find love, wisdom, courage, and virtue.

Papageno: baritone, range: C3–E4.
A comedic, loveable bird-catcher and Tamino’s sidekick.

The Queen of the Night: high coloratura soprano, range: D4–F6.
Role features vocal agility/coloratura runs. A supernaturally powerful, vengeful leader and Pamina’s mother.

Sarastro: bass, range: F#2–D4. The leader of a powerful order of priests who compels Tamino, Papageno, and Pamina to a series of trials.

Papagena: soprano/high mezzo-soprano, range: E4–A5. Papageno’s destined, birdlike mate.

Monostatos: tenor, range: E3–G4. A malicious guard at Sarastro’s temple.

Three Ladies: soprano, soprano, mezzo-soprano. The Queen’s accomplices who equip Tamino and Papageno with magical instruments.
Three Spirits: soprano, soprano, mezzo-soprano. Supernatural guides for Tamino and Papgeno through their journeys.
Speaker of the Temple: (bass-)baritone. A wise priest at Sarastro’s temple.
Armed Men: tenor and baritone. Priests who prepare Tamino and Papageno for the trials.

Chorus: SATB. The wise, virtuous, and courageous members of Sarastro’s temple.


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