Get ready for Mozart's THE MAGIC FLUTE during a month of family programs, concerts and special events

In celebration of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (April 19-28 at the Academy of Music), Opera Philadelphia will present an exciting array of family programs, concert performances, lectures and tours. Explore the magic of opera with these fun, entertaining and informative events.

The Magic of Opera: A Child’s Introduction to Opera
Monday, April 1, 2013 | 10:30 a.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Merck Education Center
Explore the magic of opera with your child. This one-time session will provide opportunities for your child to experience the various facets of opera using Mozart's The Magic Flute as the focus. Included are a visit by an Opera Philadelphia performer and a visit to the Perelman Theater. Taught by Dr. Barbara DiToro, Associate Director of Temple Music Prep. Suggested class size is 10 to 15 children.  Presented in partnership with Temple Music Prep and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the program is open to children ages 3-5, accompanied by up to two adults. Admission is $10 per person (child or adult). To register, call 215.204.1512.
Tour the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania
Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons | 1 North Broad Street, Philadelphia
Did you know Mozart and his librettist, Emanuel Schikaneder were Freemasons?  Take a special guided tour of Philadelphia’s historic and grand Masonic Temple before attending Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which incorporates masonic references throughout the opera. Each tour lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on Masonic Temple Tours, call 215.988.1917 or 215.988.1924.
Celebrate Stories: The Magic Flute
Saturday, April 6, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
Please Touch Museum  | 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia

The Magic Flute invites us into a land of enchantment, full of queens and princesses, evil sorcerers, heroic princes, mythical creatures, and unpredictable, epic adventures. Families are invited to get ready for Opera Philadelphia’s fairy tale production of The Magic Flute (April 19-28 at the Academy of Music) with this special Celebrate Stories presentation at Please Touch Museum.  Combining the enchantment of storytelling with the beauty of opera, this interactive performance takes families on a journey through a land where nothing is what it seems. Along the way we meet Papageno (baritone Jeffrey Chapman), the boisterous birdcatcher, on his journey to find his true love, Papagena (soprano Amy Spencer).  Will he ever meet her?  How will he find her? Join us and help Papageno finally meet his darling Papagena. Free with paid museum admission; visit
Mozart in Recital
Sunday, April 7, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.
Woodmere Art Museum | 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia
Visit the beautiful and historic Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill for a recital of the masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in preparation for Opera Philadelphia’s production of The Magic Flute (April 19-28).  Selections from Mozart’s opera and concert works will be performed by a quartet of singers from the Opera Philadelphia chorus in the museum’s grand Kuch Gallery. Excerpts will include arias and duets from The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Così fan tutte, Great Mass in C minor, and more.  Performers include sopranos Kelly Ann Bixby (pictured) and Rebecca Siler, tenor David Koh, and baritone John David Miles. Come early and take in the Woodmere’s Philip Jameson, Charles Searles, and Violet Oakley exhibits. Admission to the event is $20 and $10 for Woodmere members; visit
Between the Notes
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 | 12:00 p.m.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts | Merck Education Center
The Freemasons were a cornerstone of civilization during the Age of Enlightenment.  The order’s thinking infused society and influenced nations, including our founding fathers during the birth of the United States.  It also influenced Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his librettist Emanuel Schikaneder, Masons and co-creators of The Magic Flute.  Masonic imagery and symbolism pervade this fantastical singspiel of a young prince on a quest to save a princess, but who finds self-enlightenment along the way. Join us for Between the Notes as a representative from the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania discusses the tenets of Freemasonry and the Order’s significance in Philadelphia.  This event is available to Opera Philadelphia contributors of $100 or more. For more information on how to attend Between the Notes, contact Jennifer Dubin at
A Taste of Opera
Sunday, April 14, 2013 | 2:30 p.m.
The Curtis Institute of Music,  Lenfest Building | 1616 Locust Street, Philadelphia

In preparation for Opera Philadelphia’s performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute (April 19-28), enjoy a FREE program of selections from Mozart’s opera in Gould Hall at the Curtis Insitute of Music’s Lenfest Hall.   From the Queen of the Night’s virtuosic and stratospheric “Der Holle Rache,” to the subterranean depths of Sarastro’s “O Isis und Osiris,” and Papageno’s playful “Der Vogelfanger bin ich, ja,” you’ll be ready to experience the joy of Mozart’s delightful opera! Pre-registration suggested.
Costume Sketching: The Magic Flute at Opera Philadelphia
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
Academy of Music

In collaboration with Fleisher Art Memorial, join Fleisher faculty member David Berger for this unique opportunity to sketch in the wardrobe room of Opera Philadelphia featuring select costumes on dress forms from the spring production of The Magic Flute. Sketching demonstrations and individual guidance will help you capture these dynamic designs on location! Tuition: $25 (members and nonmembers).  Space is limited. Program registration ends on April 15, 2013.  To reserve a spot in this class, call Phil Asbury at 215.922.3456, x 328 and mention Opera Philadelphia.
Sounds of LearningStudent Dress Rehearsal
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
Academy of Music
Sounds of Learning™ has created generations of young opera lovers for the past two decades.  Students in the program will study Mozart’s The Magic Flute for six weeks using the Sounds of Learning™ standards-based arts-integration curriculum.  Over 1700 students from Greater Philadelphia public and private schools, homeschool groups, and colleges will attend the sold-out second orchestral dress rehearsal of the opera for free. Learn more about Sounds of Learning™ and enroll for the 2013-2014 Season.
Opera Overtures
April 19-28, 2013
Academy of Music
Opera ticketholders can warm up for The Magic Flute with a pre-curtain lecture in the Academy of Music before each performance.  These FREE, informal talks are held one hour before every performance and will enhance your appreciation of all the operas you see this season. This event is free to all Magic Flute ticketholders for the day listed on their ticket. 
Saturday, April 20, 201310:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Academy of Music
Journey behind the curtain of The Magic Flute during this FREE, family-based educational day at the Academy of Music. Children and their grownups can discover the world of opera and get in touch with their inner diva or divo through activities geared towards kids ages 5–10. PNC Arts Alive Family Day at the Opera promises a chance to walk on the time-honored stage of the Academy of Music, an interactive performance of a short opera inspired byThe Magic Flute, a look at the whimsical costumes, backstage tours of the dressing rooms, create your own Magic Flute-inspired balloon animals with Black Cat Balloon Company, face painting, and more. Entrance times at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Pre-registration is suggested for this free event.  Performers for the opera include Kelly Ann Bixby, Rebecca Siler, Amy Spencer, and Jeffrey Chapman.