NAU Lyric Theater brings Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ to Flagstaff

One of the most enchanting Mozart operas, “The Magic Flute,” is being performed by Northern Arizona University Lyric Theater from April 5-8 at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.

“The Magic Flute” is a story about a prince charged with rescuing the daughter of the Queen of Night. It features a quest for wisdom and enlightenment in order to bring back light to a world banished in darkness.

“This show is really wonderful for people of all ages and is a great starting point if you haven’t seen an opera before,” said director Eric Gibson, a professor of practice in the School of Music “It has quite a few familiar tunes that people will recognize.”

Gibson says “The Magic Flute” is “full of symbolism, especially with the number three, to play around with for fun visuals and costumes.” The production mixes the original German music with English dialogue, creating an experience that adheres to the style and tradition of the original German opera, without sacrificing the accessibility of the English text. A title screen above the stage will translate German into English.

The beloved tale is being brought to the to stage with the help of about 100 students. More than 40 students are in the cast, and about 40 play in the live orchestra. Students also are helping behind the scenes in everything from stage design and make-up to attracting audiences through social media.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 5, 6 and 7, and at 2:30 p.m. on April 8. Community members can download a parking pass for the Thursday performance at Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $10 for NAU employees and $6 for NAU students and children. For tickets go to NAU’s Central Ticket Office or call (928) 523-5661. Group discounts are available.