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Kids Commute - Papageno Week!

Erwin Sembach as Papageno, 1914

This week on Kids Commute, we'll tackle Mozart's giant opera "The Magic Flute" by following just one character - Papageno, the birdcatcher.

Papageno is a sweet, goofy guy hoping to catch some birds - and a lady-dove to call his very own. He gets mixed up on a quest and brings us some of Mozart's sweetest - and funniest - music.

Charles McKerras conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in this week's recording, an English version translated from the original German.

  • PAPAGENO: Simon Keenlyside
  • TAMINO: Barry Banks
  • THE THREE LADIES: Majella Cullagh, Sarah Fox, Diana Montague
  • PAMINA: Rebecca Evans
  • PAPAGENA: Lesley Garrett

We'll have a fine-feathered Quizlet coming your way, too!
Tune in to Kids Commute on Classical IPR Monday through Friday at 7:40 a.m. or listen any time at the links below.

KC 4136 - PAPAGENO WEEK! Tuesday: Hmm! Hmmm! Hmmm! (Quintet: Papageno, Tamino, Three Ladies)
KC 4137 - PAPAGENO WEEK! Wednesday: A Man in Search of Truth and Beauty (Duet: Papageno/Pamina)

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Kate Botello is the morning host on Classical IPR. She also hosts and produces Kids Commute and Show Tunes with Kate Botello.