The Magic Flute
The Magic Flute is an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with both sung and spoken dialogue. This is a fantastical and crazy opera with costumes, sets and riveting solos, duets and trios! Prince Tamino sets out with his sidekick Papageno to rescue the Princess Pamina from the sorcerer Sarastro. Through tests and trials to show they are worthy of wives, Tamino with his Magic Flute and Papageno with his pipes and bells win the hands of Pamina and Papagena. The evil Queen of the Night is cast out into eternal darkness for leading the young people astray and all live happily ever after.
The Queen of the Night
Maybe the most well-known part of the whole opera, the Queen of the Night's aria has a long history of fascinating children. They will be especially enthralled by these wonderful costumes and amazing acting!
The full opera is 2.5 hours, so not really kid-friendly, but here is a 30 minute cartoon done by the BBC and the Welsh National Opera. The words are in English for those of us who don't speak German.
Your Own Magic Flute
Papageno's flutes are pan flutes, a set of different length tubes set into a frame. Originally, pan flutes were made with reeds or carved from wood, but since you probably don't have reeds on hand, use up those plastic straws instead of tossing them in the garbage!