bari steals show in COC’s delightful ‘Flute’

How many people watch The Magic Flute and wonder why Mozart wrote such a lighthearted, whimsical character as Papageno for the baritone voice? Anyone besides me?

In many cases, too many to mention here, baritones are opera’s bad boys, villains, tragically flawed protagonists,  womanizers, and drunkards.  

And then there is Papageno, the spritely birdcatcher–a part in a class all its own–who always seems to steal the show, no matter who produces the show.  

According to the professional reviews and audience reactions on the Canadian Opera Company‘s Facebook page, in the COC’s new production of The Magic Flute running through February 25, Papageno, the bird-catching bari, strikes again, capturing the heartshare of operagoers and critics alike. The review from the Toronto Star said:  

“The star of this production is Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov, who lit up the stage whenever he appeared. He not only sang beautifully but was a paragon of comic flippancy as Papageno, the bird-man who only wants a nice wife and something good to eat and drink.” — John Terauds  

Rodion Pogossov as Papageno / photo by Michael Cooper

Congratulations to the COC on another hit! Enjoy more of the photographs taken during dress rehearsal.  

Michael Schade as Tamino/photo by Michael Cooper

Lisa DiMaria as Papagena and Rodion Pogossov as Papageno /photo by Michael Cooper

 For remaining performances and tickets, visit the COC website. Production credits: Conductor Johannes Debus, director Diane Paulus, set and costume designer Myung Hee Cho and lighting designer Scott Zielinski.

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One Response to bari steals show in COC’s delightful ‘Flute’

  1. Well, maybe the baritones welcome the chance for something lighthearted the way some tenors welcome a chance to play the bad guy! On the Magic Flute recording I own, no less imposing a personage than Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau is the bird-catcher, tossing off “Heisa, hopsasa”s like anything. And then there’s the unforgettable, mallard-hatted performance of Simon Keenlyside:
    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuxG4KbtxQc&w=640&h=390]
    By the way, more images from this apparently charming COC production can be found on this charming blog: http://artlifeandstilettos.onsugar.com/COC-Magic-Flute-13671006

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