Utah Arts Review – Utah Opera’s superb cast, colorful staging make for an entertaining “Magic Flute”

by Matt Starling

Mozart’s beloved The Magic Flute opened Saturday night presented by Utah Opera at the Capitol Theater. The opera, Mozart’s last, was premiered mere months before the composer’s death at 35.

Utah Opera’s lively and whimsical production makes it easy to understand why the work has had such staying power over more than two centuries. With its invigorating mix of orchestral color, intimate arias, varied duets and trios, grand choruses, imaginative fantasy and a steady stream of playful humor, Saturday’s packed house was thoroughly entertained.

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