The Magic Flute

Opera Memphis

Production Details

Production Highlights

  • New Staging
  • Opera Memphis, 2015

Creative Team

Director:
Alison Moritz
Conductor:
Ben Makino
Lighting Designer:
Jeremy Allen Fisher
Costume Coordinator:
Sona Amroyan-Peric
Hair and Makeup Designer:
Sondra Nottingham
Photographer:
Joey Miller

A Message From Alison

When I began research for this production of The Magic Flute, I was curious to see how Tamino’s path to find Pamina and undergo the trials in the temple of Sarastro would align with the twelve stages of Joseph Campbell’s “hero’s journey.” Honestly, I expected the libretto to align pretty seamlessly with the classic pattern of adventure, trials, and reward. But, instead, what I found was the answer to a question I’d had for a very long time.

Why does Tamino have to go partner with Papageno? While Tamino is lead forward by the gods, Papageno is memorably dragged alongside him.

As it turns out – neither Tamino nor Papageno completes the full hero’s journey. But, when you intertwine their two narratives (as the libretto of The Magic Flute does!), all of the twelve stages of the adventure are completed. In this sense, Tamino and Papageno are two sides of the same coin – together, they show us the strengths and frailties of mankind.

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Production Photos

  • A scene from a live stage production of The Magic Flute, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of The Magic Flute, directed by Alison Moritz.
  • A scene from a live stage production of The Magic Flute, directed by Alison Moritz.