Music: By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, produced 1791). Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder and Karl Ludwig Giesecke. English translation and adaptation by W. H. Auden and Chester Kallman. Conductor and Artistic Director: Peter Herman Adler.
Choreography: By George Balanchine.
Production: Produced by Samuel Chotzinoff. Associate Producer: Charles Polacheck. Special Production Assistant: Lincoln Kirstein. Directed by Kirk Browning. Stage Direction and Dances by George Balanchine. Production Design by Rouben Ter-Arutunian.
Queen of the Night, Laurel Hurley; Pamina, Leontyne Price; Sarastro, Yi-kwei Sze; Papageno, John Reardon; Tamino, William Lewis; Papagena, Adelaide Bishop; Monostatos, Andrew McKinley; Three Ladies (singers), Frances Paige, Joan Maynagh, Helen Vanni; Three Ladies (dancers), Françoise Martinet, Barbara Milberg, Eda Lioy.
First Telecast: January 15, 1956, NBC Opera Theatre.
Note: Balanchine created dance sequences for the Queen of the Night's Three Ladies. The concept of the production as well as the movement direction was his.