Highly Recommended Opera: THE MAGIC FLUTE, AKA #SUPERFLUTE (Pacific Opera Project at El Portal)

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by Tony Frankel on March 8, 2023

in Music,Theater-Los Angeles


It’s a-me, Mario! And I’m-a tell you that Pacific Opera Project’s revival of The Magic Flute AKA #Superflute has a-gotta be seen to believe. Josh-a da Shaw take-a Mozart’s famous opera-a and-a turn it into a 90s’ Super-a Mario Bros videogame, and it-a work-a so well dat it’a come back-a to da El Portal Teatro for six very-a funny, ribelle performances from-a da March 17 thru March 26, 2023. Viene fornito completo di┬áMario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Princess Peach playing da beloved-a title characters (Papageno, Tamino, Queen of the Night). Is-a so good, you wanna go twice.

Da show will livestream-a da final performance. (Da previous production is-a da available now to-a watch on Youtube or via da POP website.) Here is da teaser trailer dat you-a share wit you friends.

Arrivederci per ora amore mio!

photos by Martha Benedict

The Magic Flute AKA #Superflute
Pacific Opera Project
Josh Shaw | Director: Josh Foy | Music Director
El Portal Theater, 5269 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood
March 17 thru March 26, 2023; for tickets ($20-$60), visit POP
Friday Mar 17, 2023 | 8:00pm
Saturday Mar 18, 2023 | 7:00pm
Sunday Mar 19, 2023 | 3:00pm
Friday Mar 24, 2023 | 8:00pm
Saturday Mar 25, 2023 | 3:00pm
Sunday Mar 26, 2023 | 3:00pm

Cast members include tenor Arnold L. Geis (Silent Night with Washington National Opera & Glimmerglass Opera) as Tamino; soprano Ashley Fabian (Lucia di Lammermoor with Los Angeles Opera) as Pamina; bass-baritone E. Scott Levin (Gianni Schicchi and El Gato Montes with LA Opera) as Papageno; soprano Mariah Rae (Carmen with Lyric Opera of Orange County, Iolanta with POP) as Papagena; tenor Robert Norman (Candide with LA Opera, Madama Butterfly with Opera San Jose, Dayton Opera, and Salt Marsh Opera) as Monastatos; bass Andrew Potter (Don Pasquale with Opera Santa Barbara, Trouble in Tahiti with POP) as Sarastro. Additional cast members include soprano Tiffany Ho as First Lady; soprano Ariel Pisturino as Second Lady; mezzo-soprano Megan Potter as Third Lady; tenor Jonathan Matthews as Priest and Armored Man; bass Michael Payne as Priest and Armored Man; soprano Niko Murakami as First Spirit; soprano Amanda Benjamin as Second Spirit; mezzo-soprano Christine Li as Third Spirit; and soprano Michelle Drever as Queen of the Night. Artistic Director and POP co-founder, Josh Shaw, directs the production.

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