For Immediate Release
May 17, 2023
CLARK ART INSTITUTE AIRS THE MET: LIVE IN HD PRODUCTION OF DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (THE MAGIC FLUTE) AND PRESENTS A POP-UP EXHIBITION
INSPIRED BY THE PERFORMANCE
Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast production of Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) airs at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, June 11 at 12:55 pm in the final installment of the 2022–23 season of The Met: Live in HD. The award-winning series of live, high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary. The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
One of opera’s most beloved works receives its first new Met staging in nineteen years—a daring vision by renowned English director Simon McBurney that The Wall Street Journal declared “the best production I’ve ever witnessed of Mozart’s opera.” Nathalie Stutzmann conducts the Met Orchestra, with the pit raised to make the musicians visible to the audience and allow interaction with the cast. In his Met-debut staging, McBurney lets loose a volley of theatrical flourishes, incorporating projections, sound effects, and acrobatics to match the spectacle and drama of Mozart’s fable. The brilliant cast includes soprano Erin Morley as Pamina, tenor Lawrence Brownlee as Tamino, baritone Thomas Oliemans in his Met debut as Papageno, soprano Kathryn Lewek as the Queen of the Night, and bass Stephen Milling as Sarastro.
Please note, this is a delayed screening of the new production Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute).
In conjunction with the broadcast, the Clark’s Manton Study Center for Works on Paper hosts a special pop-up exhibition themed to Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute). Explore the various functions of music in art—from lute-playing angels in Old Master renditions of the Holy Family to female performers strumming mandolins in rarely seen drawings by Jules Chéret. The pop-up exhibition is free and on view from 11 am to 1 pm.
Tickets $25 ($22 members, $18 students with valid ID, and $7 children 10 and under). To purchase tickets, visit clarkart.edu/events or call the box office at 413 458 0524. Advance reservations are strongly suggested. No refunds.
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of some 300,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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