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Arts / Entertainment

The Magic Flute Oct. 16-25

October 9, 2009

Mozart's The Magic Flute premiered two months before his death and enjoyed such immediate success that it lifted the spirits of the ill composer. In the weeks that The Magic Flute played to Vienna audiences, Mozart attended his opera every night with friends and family.

Oct. 16-25 (times noted below)
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts 

Colorado State's Opera Theatre will present four performances of The Magic Flute, an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart which has enchanted young and old alike for over two centuries. The production is directed by David Malis.

The beautiful, magical, and often nonsensical fairy tale The Magic Flute was written in 1791 and premiered just two months before Mozart's death; the opera enjoyed immediate success and lifted the spirits of the ill composer. 

Magic Flute diverse, beautiful

"Out of all of Mozart's operas I love The Magic Flute the very best," writes author Michel Parouty in his book, Mozart: From Child Prodigy to Tragic Hero

"The music ranges from the catchy "folksy" tunes of Papageno to the flourishing, intricate arias of The Queen of the Night, to the sublime music of the Sun Priests and Sarastro. Whenever I listen to the gorgeous music of this opera I always wonder how Mozart did it. How did he create an opera so diverse and incredibly beautiful? How did he make everything so perfect? The opera seems a miracle in itself and one of the greatest blessings to the world of music." 

Mozart's composition enjoyed immediate success

When The Magic Flute opened in 1791, it was immediately evident that Mozart and Schikaneder (who wrote the accompanying libretto or text) had achieved a great success. The opera drew enormous crowds and went on to sell out hundreds of performances during the 1790s. 

The opera is written in the popular German Singspiel format; the CSU Opera Theatre production features songs in German with English dialogue. 

Director David Malis

David Malis, the first American to win the prestigious Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, began his operatic career with the San Francisio Opera, making his debut as Papageno in The Magic Flute. He was a leading baritone at the Metropolitan Opera for twelve seasons.  

(At right: David Malis)

Malis has taught voice and coached/directed operatic repertoire worldwide, including Italy and Austria and appeared in concert in many cities around the world, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Hong Kong, Cardiff and Stockholm. CSU is now fortunate enough to have Malis as the Director of Opera and Assistant Professor of Voice at Colorado State.

Performance dates

  • Friday, Oct. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 2-4 p.m. 


  • $10/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2 – 17)
  • $20/adult

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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-3603