For the Metropolitan Opera 2005-2006 season, the ubiquitous Julie Taymor directed a successful production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a storied opera written in singspiel, a popular form that includes both singing and spoken dialogue and reflected Mozart’s increasing involvement with theatrical, non-operatic troupes. This spirited, mythical tale — rich with social, political and religious symbolism — was revised for the 2006-2007 Met season and, in addition to full-length performances, was adapted into a 100-minute version for children. That particular version of the opera became the first in a series of big-screen presentations of Met operas that were downloaded via satellite to movie theaters across North America and parts of Europe. Now The Met: Live in HD offers a special encore screening of the production, abridged appropriately for the kids and sung in English with an eye toward providing a family entertainment alternative for the holiday season. The music is conducted by James Levine and the cast features Ying Huang as Pamina, Erika Miklósa as the Queen of the Night, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino, Nathan Gunn as Papageno and René Pape as Sarastro. The Taymor production ideas and execution are fantastical, offering a visual sense of the story’s mysterious world of supernatural dangers that well matches the master composer’s gorgeous writing. The opera was completed but two months before Mozart’s death in 1791.