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Met preview: Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
The Metropolitan Opera
Mozart's "The Magic Flute"

The Metropolitan Opera's Saturday matinee broadcast this week is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute." Sung in English, tenors Piotr Buszewski and Joshua Blue share the role of Tamino, the brave prince on a quest to win the clever princess Pamina, sung by sopranos Janai Brugger and Liv Redpath. The cast also features famed tenor Rolando Villazón reprising his uproarious portrayal as the luckless bird catcher Papageno, alternating with baritone Alexander Birch Elliott, and soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, alongside basses Brindley Sherratt and James Creswell as Sarastro.

Joshua Borths, Resident Scholar for Virginia Opera gives us his thoughts on Mozart's timeless classic. You can hear his previews on my "Afternoon Classical" show each Friday afternoon just before 5pm.

Tune in to hear "The Magic Flute" Saturday afternoon, December 16th at Noon on VPM Music, 93.1 and 107.3 in central Virginia and streaming online here at!

Yours in good music,
Mike Goldberg
Classical Host, VPM Music