‘The Magic Flute’ On Its Way To KC

First Friday was magical this month.

The Lyric Opera devoted First Friday in November to building excitement about the upcoming production of “The Magic Flute.”

A part of their At Ease With Opera series, the Lyric put together a fantastic, interactive evening at the Beth Ingram Administration Building to show exactly what it takes put together a production as big as Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”

Apprentices performed scenes on the hour, “The Magic Flute” set designs from concept to creation were on display and attendees could take pictures of themselves “wearing” select performance costumes. There were also drinks and snacks.

The Lyric Opera’s co-production  of  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be on stage November 9, 13, 15 and 17 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Lyric’s ingenious interpretation of “The Magic Flute” features whimsical, colorful sets and costumes by renowned visual artist Jun Kaneko. This co-production with San Francisco Opera thrilled audiences and critics alike when performed in San Francisco.

General Director and CEO Deborah Sandler stated, “When I first saw Jun Kaneko’s designs, I was immediately taken by the way that Kaneko infused the opera with color, vitality, whimsy and warmth.  This production brings his artistic genius to life through projections and costumes. While his work is present in Kansas City, on display at Bartle Hall, I am excited to bring his unique vision expressed through a different medium to Kansas City.” 

Mozart’s genius is supremely evident in his last opera, “The Magic Flute.” The deceptively simple fairytale story is matched with some of the most stunningly beautiful music ever written.  From the coloratura pyrotechnics of the Queen of the Night’s arias, to the lyrical anguish of Pamina’s “Ach ich fühls,” to the vaudeville-like love duet of Papageno and Papagena, the music illustrates what sets Mozart apart from his many rivals: a unique and profound understanding of humanity. 

With a vibrant, sophisticated use of color and kinetic forms, Jun Kaneko, renowned ceramicist and visual artist, has created a magical world that, like Mozart’s music, is engaging in its simplicity, but illustrates the depth of the story magnificently.  Several of his pieces are on display in Kansas City, located on the exterior concrete plaza of the Bartle Hall Convention Center in downtown Kansas City.

The Magic Flute” will be directed by Harry Silverstein and features tenor Shawn Mathey as Tamino, soprano Lauren Snouffer as Pamina.   Snouffer was recently named a “standout singer” by the Wall Street Journal, while Mathey has been described by The Opera Critic as bringing “a rich tenor and shapely phrasing” to this role.  The cast also features soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, baritone Daniel Belcher as Papageno and tenor Doug Jones as Monostatos. 

The production will be conducted by Gary Thor Wedow, who is making is Lyric Opera debut. 

Principal Cast

Tamino: Shawn Mathey

Pamina: Lauren Snouffer*

Queen of the Night: Kathryn Lewek*

Sarastro: Jeffrey Beruan @

Papageno: Daniel Belcher

Papagena: Angela Gribble ~

Monostatos: Doug Jones 

Artistic Staff

Conductor: Gary Thor Wedow*

Director:  Harry Silverstein*

Production, Costume and Video Designer: Jun Kaneko

Lighting Designer: Chris Maravich

Wig and Make-Up Designer: Alison Hanks

Chorus Master: Mark Ferrell

Stage Manager: Jennifer Rimmer


*Lyric Opera Debut

~UMKC Apprentice

@ Former Lyric Opera Apprentice


To purchase tickets, call Ticketing & Patron Services (816) 471-7344 or 1-800-OPERAKC (673-7252). Patrons can select their own seat and print their tickets at home by visiting www.kcopera.org. Limited student rush tickets are available for $15, cash only, one hour before the performances, with a valid student ID.


The Magic Flute

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1791

Sung in English with English and German titles

November 9, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

November 13, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

November 15, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

November 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.


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