Last night I experienced an exceptional performance of Mozart's Magic Flute. Produced by Portland Opera, this show had a lot going for it: a superb cast of singers, traditional yet fanciful scenery, excellent stage directions, fine playing in the orchestra (with no lag in tempi), expert lighting, wonderful costumes, ... even the supernumeraries (dragons and lions) drew applause. Mary Dunleavy in the role of Pamina lead the way with incredible singing. Jonathan Boyd as Tamino and Jonathan Hays as Papageno were tip top also. Kudos to Christopher Mattaliano for putting this together. The only bad thing for those who would like to see this production is that there are only 20 tickets left for Tuesday night's performance; otherwise, all of the performances are completely sold out.
I would write more, but I have to write a lengthier review for publication elsewhere.