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January 16, 2019 8:00PM - January 17, 2019 8:00PM
He Pūtōrino Mākutu (a magic flute): a taonga pūoro puppet opera

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January 17, 2019 8:00PM


He Pūtōrino Mākutu (a magic flute): a taonga pūoro puppet opera


He Pūtōrino Mākutu (a magic flute):
a taonga pūoro puppet opera
A "Hearing the Future" Festival Special Presentation
at Sandbox in East Village

With original music by Rob Thorne (Ngāti Tumutumu), Celeste Oram and Alex Taylor
Libretto by Dr. Vincent Olsen-Reeder (Ngā Pōtiki a Tamapahore, Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Te Arawa) and Jeanette Mohr
Puppetry and design in collaboration with San Diego Guild of Puppeteers.

He Pūtōrino Mākutu (Eine Zauberflöte/A Magic Flute) is a chamber opera that combines two musical traditions from antipodes of the globe: Viennese classicism and taonga pūoro - the instrumental musical heritage of the Maori peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand. Musical borrowings from Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven are reimagined and responded to with original music and a bilingual libretto in Te Reo Māori and German. A trans-Pacific cast of vocalists from Aotearoa and the United States joins forces with San Diego musicians onstage with shadow puppets by the San Diego Guild of Puppetry.

A pūriri tree from Aotearoa has magically taken root in the Vienna Woods. Out of its spirit, ancient ancestors sing; and into its shade wanders one of the few men in Vienna to have sailed the South Seas. Like its Mozart-Schikaneder namesake, He Pūtōrino Mākutu is a fantastical allegory of the precarious quest for universal brotherhood, the threat of hospitality, the power of a magic flute and the politics of whose it is to give and to receive.

(Students! Apply promo code "STUDENT" for $10 tickets, limit 2 per active ID, to be picked up at will-call table.)


Niuafolau Joel Amosa, bass-baritone
Barbara Byers, vocal artist
Nina Guo, soprano
Isabella Moore, soprano

Rob Thorne, taonga pūoro
Keir GoGwilt, violin
Salina Fisher, violin
Amy Cimini, viola
Judith Hamann, cello
Kyle Motl, double bass
Wilfrido Terrazas, flute
Madison Greenstone, clarinet
Alexandria Smith, flugelhorn

Performers from San Diego Guild of Puppetry:
Rey Hernandez and Tania Yager (Twisted Heart Puppetworks)
Lynne Jennings

This production is presented by Radio Tautitotito, in partnership with the San Diego Symphony.

NOTE: Doors at The Sandbox open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $40 each. Note: Sandbox is within the service boundary for "The Free Ride", a free app-based transportation service within downtown San Diego. For more details about the app, see

This concert is part of:

Sandbox: 325 15th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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