2024 Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival: Power Mozart's The Magic Flute

Event Information

  • Dates: May 16-26, 2024 Tickets Available
  • Who: The Cleveland Orchestra Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
  • Venue: Mandel Concert Hall Mandel Concert Hall

Event Dates and Tickets

Thursday, May 16, 2024 7:00PM

Saturday, May 18, 2024 7:00PM

Friday, May 24, 2024 7:00PM

Sunday, May 26, 2024 3:00PM

Ticket Availability Update:
Thursday, May 16 performance is sold out.
Saturday, May 18 performance is sold out.
Friday, May 24 performance - Call Ticket Services for availability.
Sunday, May 26 performance - Call Ticket Services for availability.

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About the Music

Mozart  The Magic Flute

One of the greatest operas ever written, Mozart’s timeless classic is about the search for truth and reason, love and enlightenment, and how power is used for good or evil purposes. Staged with imaginatively designed puppets, The Magic Flute draws us into a world where a prince, Tamino, and a princess, Pamina, triumph over every obstacle in their search for wisdom and are finally united in love. Throughout their journey, audiences are delighted with the lovers’ soulful arias, the stratospheric vocal fireworks of the villainous Queen of the Night, the subterranean depths of the formidable high priest Sarastro, and the comic melodies of the lovable bird catcher, Papageno. 

Staged production sung in German with projected supertitles.

*Ticket holders for Mozart's Magic Flute qualify for and can claim complimentary tickets for the festival’s keynote event on May 15. 

Opera preview lectures are given one hour before the performances at Severance Music Center by Bonnie Gordon (May 16), Nikolaus Habjan (May 18), Kristen Windmuller-Luna (May 24), and Jessica Waldoff (May 26).

Performed as part of the 2024 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival.

Performing Artists

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Nikolaus Habjan, director
Julian Prégardien, tenor (Tamino)
Ludwig Mittelhammer, baritone (Papageno)
Christina Landshamer, soprano (Pamina)
Kathryn Lewek, soprano (Queen of the Night)
Tareq Nazmi, bass (Sarastro)
Alexandria Shiner, soprano (First Lady)
Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano (Second Lady)
Daryl Freedman, mezzo-soprano (Third Lady)
Rodell Rosel, tenor (Monostatos)
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone (Speaker of the Temple)
Owen McCausland, tenor (First Armored Man and Second Priest)
Kidon Choi, baritone (Second Armored Man and First Priest)
Ashley Emerson, soprano (Papagena)
Stephanie Speck, treble (First Spirit) 
Maren Scott, treble (Second Spirit) 
Jade Gladue, treble (Third Spirit) 
The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus

Heike Vollmer, set designer
Denise Heschl, costume designer
Paul Grilj, lighting designer
Manuela Linshalm, puppeteer
Bruno Belil Espinos, puppeteer
Angelo Konzett, puppeteer


Preview the Music


  • The Cleveland Orchestra’s production of The Magic Flute is generously sponsored by Jan R. Lewis

  • The Magic Flute’s puppets are generously sponsored by Ms. Cathy Lincoln

  • The Magic Flute’s director Nikolaus Habjan is generously sponsored by Michael Frank and Patricia A.* Snyder.

  • Christina Landshamer is generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Gillespie.

  • Kathryn Lewek is generously sponsored by Dr. Roland S. Philip and Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus.


 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival logo with Power theme

About the Festival

Since its premiere in 1791, Mozart’s The Magic Flute has charmed audiences with its enchanting story and entrancing score. But beneath its magic bells, ominous serpents, vengeful queens, and mystical quests lies a carefully attuned study of power.

Reason, embodied by Enlightenment ideals that the Freemasons embraced, duals with superstition; science and wisdom vie with ignorance; and light combats darkness. Rising above them all, the power of love — for a companion, a child, a community, or humankind — has the unique ability to transcend these divides.

The second Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Opera & Humanities Festival delves into these competing forces — as they play out in Mozart’s beloved opera, as well as across nature, society, and within the state of humanity itself. Anchored by a new staged production of The Magic Flute featuring The Cleveland Orchestra, Music Director Franz Welser-Möst, and a cast of renowned singers, the festival will include a fascinating array of performances, conversations, and exhibitions. Over the course of two extended weekends from May 15 to May 26, 2024, community partners from across the Greater Cleveland area and luminaries from around the globe will come together to examine and debate many of the power structures embedded in our world today.


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Severance Hall, exterior of front entrance.

Severance Music Center

Severance Music Center is Cleveland’s home for symphonic music and other presentations, including Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall and Reinberger Chamber Hall. We are strongly committed to making everyone feel welcome. The doors to Severance open three hours prior to most performances.

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The most convenient parking option is Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) Lot 29 Campus Center Garage. The garage is located directly adjacent to Severance Music Center off East Boulevard, and provides stair and elevator access to the hall.

Availability is limited, and pre-paid parking passes for the garage can be added for select performances during checkout.

For more information about getting to Severance Music Center and where to park, please visit our Directions & Parking page.

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Food & Beverage Services at Cleveland Orchestra Concerts

Although Severance Restaurant is temporarily closed, we offer a variety of concessions before and after the concert, as well as during intermission. Bottled water, sodas, and small snacks are for sale. For guests 21 and over, a selection of beer, wine, and craft cocktails are available, as well as non-alcoholic beer and prosecco. 

Concessions* are available at the following times:

  • 2 hours before the concert starts: Opus Lounge and Smith Lobby
  • 1 hour before the concert starts: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, and Box Lobby
  • Intermission: Grand Foyer, Dress Circle, Box
  • Post Concert: Opus Lounge

*Please Note: All concessions are cashless. 

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Accessibility Services

Below is a list of the features and services that The Cleveland Orchestra has made available in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance for this concert.


Wheelchair Access & Seating

Our venue’s seating has reserved special areas for those attending with the use of a wheelchair. These seating options are available during your seat selection across seating price levels. Ushers are available to assist, especially in the event of a General Admission concert.

There is barrier-free entry to Severance Music Center with automatic sliding doors at our garage entrance on Lower Level One in the CWRU Campus Center Garage. There is an elevator for wheelchair access in the center of the garage for traveling from Lower Level Two (the lowest level) to Lower Level One (the level of our arrival entrance). The Euclid Avenue entrance to Severance is best suited for wheelchair entry, with a convenient drop-off area designated at the curb.

Companion Wheelchair Seating

Wheelchair companion seating is available for purchase online and through Severance Ticket Services. Look for a "C" shape on the seating map when making your selection. 


Assistance for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Infrared Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available without charge for most performances in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall. Please request one in advance online or by calling the House Manager’s office. You will be asked to provide a driver’s license or ID card upon arrival, which will be held until the return of the device. Head Ushers can explain how to use the ALD.

Interpretive services may be available for certain events at Severance.  Prior arrangements should be made four weeks in advance. Appropriate seat locations may be necessary. TTY line access is available at the public pay phone in the Security Office located at the garage entrance.


Assistance for the Blind or Persons with Low Vision

Large Print Programs are available for most Cleveland Orchestra performances in the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Concert Hall.  These are available at the Coat Room locations or from Head Ushers on each level of the Concert Hall, and at Concert Previews.

For select vocal performances, Braille texts may be available on request with 2 weeks’ notice.


Service Animals

Trained guide dogs and service animals are welcome at Severance. If you have any questions, please contact the Ticket Office or the House Manager.



All Smith Lobby restrooms are fully accessible. In addition, private family-accessible restrooms are located in the Smith Lobby and off the Dress Circle Lobby.


Additional Information

The Cleveland Orchestra is strongly committed to making our facilities and performances accessible to all patrons. For more information regarding all of our accessibility services, please visit our Accessibility page.