The Magic Flute

Opera San Luis Obispo (OperaSLO) will proudly present Mozart’s The Magic Flute on October 13 and 14. Both performances will begin at 2 pm, at the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo. It originally premiered in 1791, conducted by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart himself — his final opera. Today, it is one of the most performed operas worldwide. “The Central Coast has had a long history with Mozart that’s been dormant for some time now. We want to re-awaken that love affair with this fantastic family-friendly production of The Magic Flute,” says Alhadeff. 

The Magic Flute tells the story of Prince Tamino’s quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night, from the mysterious high priest, Sarastro. A powerful magic flute and bells help Tamino and his friend Papageno, the bird catcher, survive trials of fire and water while learning about brotherhood and justice.

This magical adventure with fairytale characters, absurdities, enchanted musical instruments, and even a dragon, is Mozart at his comic best with an outpouring of famous melodies cascading one after the other. An irresistible opera, The Magic Flute is perfect for both opera aficionados and families of all ages. 

This spectacular grand production partners OperaSLO with the talents of Civic Ballet San Luis Obispo and an internationally-acclaimed cast led by tenor Ben Gulley (Tamino), soprano Amy Goymerac (Pamina), baritone Johnathan McCullough (Papageno), soprano Alba Franco-Cancél (Queen of the Night), and bass Jason Sarten (Sarastro). 

OperaSLO is proud to bring back the creative team that produced La Bohème (2016), Madama Butterfly (2017), and Oklahoma! (2018) with stage director Edna Garabedian, choreographer Drew Silvaggio, chorus master Paul Osborne, and set designer Richard Adamson. Original costumes by resident designer, Randon Pool, will be especially festive. “She has spent months developing a huge dragon, and I was thrilled to see technical drawings for the 15-foot-tall gown for the Queen of the Night; it’s going to be spectacular on so many levels,” Alhadeff commented. As Artistic Director and Conductor of OperaSLO, Maestro Alhadeff will lead both performances with the exceptional Opera San Luis Obispo Grand Orchestra and Chorus. Each performance will feature a pre-show talk by Masonic Grand Master Stephen Doan, one hour before curtain. 

A local opera enthusiast, Steven Cohen, has been involved with OperaSLO for 12 years as a board member and all-around volunteer. He had a small part in Oklahoma! and will be in the chorus for this production. He and his wife are opera aficionados who have traveled extensively to view performances in San Francisco, London and other metropolitan cities. “I’m being truthful when I say that the performances produced by OperaSLO stand up very well when compared to those big opera houses,” said Cohen. “I’m very proud of what OperaSLO has become. It is amazing to have this quality of opera right here in San Luis Obispo County.”

“We want people of all ages to come experience opera — especially families with children,” Alhadeff enthuses. “I promise everyone a life changing experience through this extraordinary production. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience opera for the first time and to experience The Magic Flute with a level of spectacle only the biggest opera houses  could be expected to deliver. I guarantee that if you have not experienced opera before, you will be hooked after seeing this performance.”


Date and Time: 
Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 2:00pm
Performing Arts Center San Luis Obispo
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo


Family friendly