Continuing a tradition inaugurated in 2006, the Met offers a holiday presentation sung in English for families this December and January. This year’s production, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, opens December 20 and includes reduced ticket prices. The production stars Janai Brugger as Pamina, Jessica Pratt in her Met debut and Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, Ben Bliss as the fairy-tale prince Tamino, Christopher Maltman as the bird-catcher Papageno, Shenyang as the Speaker, and Morris Robinson as Sarastro. Antony Walker conducts all performances of the opera, which runs through January 5.
On Thursday, December 29 and Friday, December 30, all ticket holders for the matinee performances are invited to a pre-performance open house event held on the Grand Tier level of the Met lobby beginning at 10 a.m. Met artists and craftspeople will lead a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations designed for families with children, including a “dress-up” station featuring child-friendly costume pieces; an instrument show-and-tell with members of the orchestra; a live demonstration by the Met scenic artists, who create props and set elements for all of the company’s productions; and a lighting display by the Met’s electrics department.
Further information, including biographies of principal artists, is available in our online press room here.
Performances: December 20, 23, 26, 29mat, 30mat; January 2, 5. Curtain times vary: complete schedule here. Running time: 1 hour and 42 minutes, no intermission.
Tickets begin at $25; for prices, more information, or to place an order, please call (212) 362-6000 or visit www.metopera.org. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling (212) 341-5410 or visiting www.metopera.org/groups.
Same-day $25 rush tickets for all performances of The Magic Flute are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the Met’s Web site. Tickets will go on sale for performances Monday–Friday at noon, matinees four hours before curtain, and Saturdayevenings at 2pm. For more information on rush tickets, click here.