AMHERST (MA) – The UMass Opera program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance will present Mozart’s classic opera, The Magic Flute, K. 620 on Friday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, February 23 at 3 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. The performances will be sung in the original German, but with English dialogue and supertitles projected above the Bowker Auditorium proscenium.
The Magic Flute was first performed in 1791, only a few weeks before Mozart’s untimely death at age 35. His close friend, Emanuel Schikaneder, provided the libretto; the work stands today as one of the most beloved and frequently performed operas in the canon.
Students from the department’s Opera Workshop have been in preparation since last fall under the supervision of faculty co-producers Jamie-Rose Guarrine and Marjorie Melnick, who also provided the musical preparation. The production’s co-directors are Stephanie Carlson and Ellen Kaplan, with music direction by Mark Lane Swanson, and Tony Thornton, chorus master. This year’s choreography is by Michelle Erard, and costume design is by Nancy Horn.
Tickets are $15 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and children through age 18. UMass students are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the Fine Arts Center Box Office, by phone at 413-545-2511, or online at www.fineartscenter.com/musicanddance.
Free and secure parking is available in the nearby Campus Center Garage, located on Campus Center Way. Visit the Fine Arts Center website for more information or refer to the UMass interactive parking map.
About the UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance
Founded in 1938, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance is one of the largest and most respected of its kind in New England, offering students conservatory-quality training in the diverse and dynamic setting of a public research university. For more information, please visit www.umass.edu/music.
The Music and Dance Department is part of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, UMass Amherst.