#72 – Atlanta Opera Closes Out Its 30th Season with Mozart's "The Magic Flute" – Opens Tonight, Saturday, April 24, 2010
I had the pleasure of seeing the final dress rehearsal of The Atlanta Opera’s new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute, on Thursday night as part of Social Media night. Basically, we were allowed to do what you are never allowed to do (well, at the very least it’s definitely frowned upon) post our thoughts and reactions to the production live to Twitter during the performance. Really, it’s an ingenious marketing concept, not to mention, well, fun!
The Magic Flute is, like many operas, a classic love story – boy falls in love with girl, boy decides to rescue girl, boy meets girl, boy and girl defeat evil and live happily ever after (it may take things a little out of rational order, but hey! It’s opera!). The Atlanta Opera’s NEW production features a huge puzzle-style set, lavish costumes, brightly-colored puppets and a fabulous cast with amazing voices.
The Magic Flute is also famous for the Queen of the Night’s aria – one of the most complicated and well-known soprano arias ever written; it’s worth the price of a ticket just to hear it sung live.
Speaking of “the price of a ticket” – I’ve got a deal for you. If you didn’t heed my advice and go see The Atlanta Opera’s production of Aida back in February, I forgive you…this time. So pick up the phone and call 404-881-8885 – if you mention that you saw @365Atlanta tweeting about #magicflute, you’ll get 20% off your ticket purchase (you must CALL for this discount – not valid for online purchases). But hurry – there are only four performances of The Magic Flute, and trust me, you don’t want to miss it!
The Magic Flute opens tonight, April 24, 2010, with an 8:00 PM performance. Other performances will be Tuesday, April 27, at 7:30 PM; Friday, April 30, at 8:00 PM; and Sunday, May 2, at 3:00 PM. You can also attend a Pre-Opera Talk, starting one hour prior to each performance, which includes a discussion of the setting, plot, characters, composer and music. If you missed OPERA 101 last Monday night, this is a great chance to get to know The Magic Flute a little better.
WHERE: The Atlanta Opera at Cobb Energy Centre – 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339