Celebrating their 30th anniversary season this past June, the OK Mozart International Festival presented a semi-staged concert performance of Mozart’s final masterpiece opera, The Magic Flute, a work in which the composer most successfully translated his ideals into music of extraordinary clarity and beauty. Sung in English the performance featured soloists drawn from across Oklahoma and the US, the Amici NY Orchestra, and the Bartlesville Choral Society conducted by the Festival’s artistic director Constantine Kitsopoulos. Written in 1791, the year of his death, and though overwhelmed by many adversities, Mozart found great joy in working on the opera which is now regarded as one of the greatest in the repertory. Well beyond the symbolism and esoteric intent, the opera contains some of the finest vocal music Mozart ever produced, a mix of appealing popular tunes, charming and eloquent arias, solemn drama and bel canto display.
Performance Oklahoma is heard on Saturday evening at 8pm on Classical 88.7-1!