Musica Viva The Magic Flute Pre-performance Talk and Performance

(For school group booking only)

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Musica Viva The Magic Flute Pre-performance Talk and Performance

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Musica Viva

Musica Viva, a not-for-profit educational and arts organization, was founded in the autumn of 2008. The group has been receiving financial support from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council since July 2009. Musica Viva aims to promote various forms of performing arts with special emphasis on music and opera production. It provides training and opportunities for creativity and professional development for young artists. It advocates a performance style that places value on a refined sense of aesthetics, rich artistic content and concise but in-depth interpretation. Director-General Lo King-man, former Director of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, is a renowned opera producer who has been responsible for over a hundred opera performances in Asia, Europe and America.

Since its inception, Musica Viva has produced many important western operas, including Madama Butterfly, La Fille du Régiment, L’Elisir d’Amore, Luica di Lammermoor, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci, Rigoletto, Turandot, Il Trovatore, Carmen and La Bohème, all presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. It created the original opera with music and text written by Hong Kong composer and writers, The Legend of Zhang Baozai, which represented the HKSAR on the Shanghai World Expo cultural programme. It produced performances of full-staged opera excerpts for the School Culture Day Scheme. It also produced for the Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students, including Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Story of Carmen, La Traviata, La Bohème, Roméo et Juliette and Maria Stuarda. In addition, Musica Viva has also presented a number of art song recitals, concerts in commemoration of great composers, seminars and related activities.

Programme Content

This production of a special edition of Mozart’s great fairy-tale opera The Magic Flute is an abridged version specially prepared for the purpose of educating the secondary school students in enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of western opera.

Opera is a refined and highly developed art form with an enduring tradition emphasizing beautiful music and powerful dramatic expression. Mozart is one of the greatest musical geniuses in history particularly famous for his operatic compositions. The Magic Flute is the last opera he created shortly before his premature death at the age of 35. It has been one of the most popular and successful works of its kind ever since its first performance in Vienna in 1791 and has been widely praised for its inspired music and imaginative theatrical effects, built around a fantastic story full of colourful events and idealistic meanings.

Musica Viva’s production highlights the following attractive episodes of the opera:

  • The Prince and the Birdcatcher
  • The Prince’s dream of love
  • The Queen of the Night’s command
  • The Search for Pamina in captive
  • The High Priest Sarastro’s Temple
  • The High Priest’s promise of protection
  • The test of silence
  • Pamina’s misunderstanding and frustration
  • Queen of the Night’s murderous intention
  • The Birdcatcher finds a wife
  • The charm of the Magic Flute
  • The trial of fire and water
  • The triumph of Wisdom and Brotherhood

Production Team    

Producer and Director: Lo King-man
Performers: Vocalists, Musica Viva Chorus and Chamber Ensemble


Programme Details

Programme Schedule 10-11.4.2019 (Wed-Thu) 3pm
12.4.2019 (Fri)      11am & 3pm
Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre
Ticket $45 (Students, Teachers)
Quota 435/performance
Duration Approx. 1 hr 30 mins
Language German (with Chinese and English surtitles)
Pre-performance Talk
Date Mar - Apr 2019
(actual date and time to be arranged with participating schools)
  • Nature and characteristics of western opera
  • Demonstrations on the art of operatic singing
  • Techniques and creative process of opera production
  • Brief introduction of the opera The Magic Flute
Duration 1 hr
Language Cantonese or English
  • For an enrolment of 150 tickets or more, the pre-performance talk will be conducted in school premises.
    For less than 150 participants from one single school, students and teachers will be invited to attend the talk held at LCSD venues
  • Participants would receive education materials


Tel: 2591 1717 (LCSD)

Download Application Form (Chinese version only)