The Seattle Public Library will host preview lectures and performances of Seattle Opera's upcoming production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "The Magic Flute" at several locations throughout the city in April and May.

Library events and programs are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at the branches.

"The Magic Flute" is an 18th century opera by the Austrian composer and was his last to premiere before his death. The opera blends myth, magic and music to deliver the message that "love conquers all." In this tale, a handsome prince and his comical sidekick are given enchanted musical instruments and tasked with rescuing the Queen of the Night's daughter from a mysterious group of priests. Undergoing trials of virtue, discretion and charity, the duo realize that all may not be as it seems in this magical land.

Preview Lectures      
Featuring local opera experts, these hour-long presentations will include recorded musical excerpts designed to enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of the production. Times and locations are listed below.

Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N., 206-684-7547 .

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9

West Seattle Branch, 2306 42nd Ave. S.W., 206-684-7444 .

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 16

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539 .

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18

Previews with Professional Singers
Featuring professional singers and an accompanist, these hour-long presentations will take you on a journey through the story and music of the opera. Times and locations are listed below.

Rainier Arts Center, 3515 South Alaska St., 206-725-7517 .

6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, April 21

Neighborhood House, 6400 Sylvan Way S.W., 206-588-4310

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089 .

2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 3

Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 1, Microsoft Auditorium, 206-386-4636 .

Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 4