- $35 for reserved seating in section C (up to $63 value)
- When: Friday, October 9, at 8 p.m. or Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m.
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Groupon customers should redeem tickets at the Hawaii Opera Theatre Box Office; Performances are held at the Blaisdell Concert Hall.
The Magic Flute
In this English language version of Mozart’s beloved comic opera, a foreign prince is entangled in a complicated web of schemes, counter-schemes, and grown men dressed as birds. Tamino is the disoriented royal, and things start getting weird when he’s saved from a poisonous serpent by three mysterious women who swear themselves to the Queen of the Night. Their mistress’s beautiful daughter has been taken by a wicked sorcerer, and Tamino vows to rescue her. Joined by a clownish birdcatcher who dresses like his quarry and armed with a magic flute that can turn sorrow to joy, Tamino sets off on his brave quest—but soon finds himself caught in the middle of a battle between two powerful enchanters.
Created by Metropolitan Opera stage director Daniel Rigazzi, this production emphasizes the otherworldliness of the plot by drawing inspiration from Rene Magritte and the steampunk movement. Doorways and picture frames become portals linking reality to dreams, while video projections and a strong focus on color speak to the story’s surrealism and joy. Also, instead of armor or Renaissance finery, Tamino sports a silvery duster and sharp bowler hat, and when a massive serpent raises its head, it does so on a steampunk neck with gears for joints.
Hawaii Opera Theatre
Hawaii Opera Theatre was established in 1960, but the islands' connection to opera dates back nearly a century earlier. In the 1850s, Queen Emma was said to have sung Verdi, while her husband King Kamehameha IV acted as a stage manager. More recently, Queen Liliuokalani may have composed an opera herself. Today, the nonprofit Hawaii Opera Theatre continues this rich musical tradition as the only professional opera company on the islands. Its productions—which have included La Bohéme, Romeo & Juliet, and Aida—feature local singers alongside international stars who have performed at major opera houses and in front of their own framed portraits of Pavarotti.