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THE MAGIC FLUTE by W.A. Mozart featuring: Philippe Castagner, Nathalie Paulin, Kevin Short, Hwang Sin Nyung, Etienne Dupuis, Angela Welch, Michel Corbeil

Tue. February 6th 2007 7:30pm Queen Elizabeth Theatre (All Ages) 7:30pm
Presented by: Vancouver Opera
Here, now. Young Tamino enters the timeless Coast Salish realm on a quest for love and enlightenment and finds himself at the centre of an eternal battle between the forces of light and darkness. In the company of an absurdly funny and lovelorn birdcatcher, Papageno, and under the protection of his wise spirit-guide Sarastro, Tamino confronts the formidable Queen of the Night and bravely endures many terrifying trials before he and his beloved, Pamina, are united in love. Oh, and Papageno finds love too.

Vancouver Opera’s new production of Mozart’s beguiling opera is set on the rocky shores and in the looming forests of the Pacific coast. There, the characters encounter many of the human figures, animals and supernatural creatures of Coast Salish mythology, in a visually splendid design conceived in collaboration with a team of First Nations artists. The Magic Flute will be an exciting exploration of the intersection of two rich cultures – the musical and theatrical traditions of 18th century Europe, beautifully performed, and the ancient mythology of the indigenous people of the Canadian west coast, beautifully depicted.
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