Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic opera, Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute), by the Kuala Lumpur City Opera (Picture courtesy of KLCO)

THE enchanting quest of a prince to marry his princess is told in sonorous fashion in Die Zauberflote or The Magic Flute.

A two-act opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart set to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, the classic work premiered in 1791 in Vienna, just two months before the composer’s premature death at the age of 35.

The opera will be presented by the Kuala Lumpur City Opera (KLCO) at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) from this Thursday till Sunday.

It tells the story of Tamino, a prince who must undergo a series of tests, accompanied by his sidekick Papageno, in order to marry the princess Pamina. Alongside the priest Sarastro, Tamino, Papageno, and Pamina battle Pamina's mother, the evil and mysterious Queen of the Night.

Conducting an orchestra ensemble of 24 players to accompany The Magic Flute is renowned Colombian Conductor, Juan Montoya, recipient of the Order of Merit Don Juan de Correl, Silver Category awarded by the Colombian government and city council of Medellin and winner of the 2019 BOH Cameronian award. He has been the principal conductor at KLCO in Malaysia since 2014.

KLCO’s production of The Magic Flute will feature a double cast for the leading roles of Pamina, Tamino, Papageno and Queen of the Night. Sopranos, Yeoh Ker Ker and Evelyn Toh will share the role of Pamina and tenors, Yap Jin Hin and Heo Yueh Ren will sing the role of Tamino. Playing the role of Papageno will be Samuel Lim and Köln-based Malaysian baritone, Aw Yeow Hoay.

As part of KLCO’s mission of providing a platform for young singers, Joyce Lee Tung (Queen of the Night), Florence Chong (Queen of the Night), Janet Kan (First Lady), Tan Sin Sim (Second Lady) and Dennis Lau (Speaker of the Temple) will make their debut with the company. Other familiar faces returning to the production are YiLing Chaing (Third Lady), Bui Yik Ling (Papagena), Joseph Ng, Alphonsus Sim (Armored Man, Priests).

The cast will be supported by a 50-member KL City Opera Chorus and children from the Opera for Kids and Teens workshop.

Established in 2012, KLCO is the only active opera company in Malaysia presenting and promoting western operas. Some of KLCO’s past productions include Verdi’s La Traviata, Puccini’s La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, La fille du regiment, Menotti’s Amahl And The Night Visitors, Mozart’s masterpiece, The Marriage Of Figaro (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel.

DIE ZAUBERFLOTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE)

When: Nov 21-24, 8pm

(Free pre-performance talk half an hour before the show)

Where: Pentas 1, Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC), Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Sentul, KL

Admission: RM128/RM148/RM168 (Student/Senior/Physically Challenged 10% discount)

Get tickets at www.proticketshop.com.my

Call 03-40479000 (KLPAC Box Office).