Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM
About The Magic Flute
NDSU Opera will present two performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's beloved masterpiece, The Magic Flute, in Festival Hall on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.
Die Zauberflöte was an immediate success at its premiere at the Theater auf der Wieden in Vienna on September 30, 1791, less than three months before the composer's untimely death at the age of 37. Its delightful mixture of romance, derring-do, mystery, and magic has made it an audience favorite ever since. It contains some of Mozart's most masterful music and charming characters, and its tale of lovers united through dedication to the highest of human ideals is universal.
Since 2006, NDSU Opera has presented Gianni Schicchi, Marriage of Figaro, Pirates of Penzance, Albert Herring, Dido and Aeneas, Venus and Adonis, La Serva Padrona, The Stoned Guest, Sunday Excursion, The Secret Garden, Die Fledermaus, and The Mikado.
NDSU's production of The Magic Flute will feature stage direction by J. Sherwood Montgomery, artistic director and resident set designer for Lyric Opera San Diego from 1991-2011, Mr. Montgomery collaborated on and directed more than 70 productions, guiding the company from a volunteer community theater to a professional company. He also stage directed 28 productions for the San Diego Opera Ensemble, a touring group that performed throughout Southern California and Mexico, and wrote the libretto for Rip Van Winkle, part of San Diego Opera's "Opera for Kids by Kids." Mr. Montgomery will be in residence at NDSU from April 8 through 28 and will be available to students in master classes as well as working with them in their regular classes and rehearsals.
A symposium, "Perspectives on The Magic Flute," will be presented in Beckwith Recital Hall, on April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The symposium is free and open to the public, but preregistration is requested.
|This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.|