‘The Magic Flute’ opera to be staged at UWSP
Mozart’s beloved opera about love and growing up will be performed at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) by students in the Department of Music next month.
“The Magic Flute” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9, in Michelsen Hall of the Noel Fine Arts Center.
Tickets are $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for youth and $10 for UWSP students. Purchase tickets through the University Information Center and in the Dreyfus University Center Concourse, by calling 715-346-4100 or online at tickets.uwsp.edu.
The production is under the direction of Matthew Markham, assistant professor of voice, and Kristin Ditlow, a faculty vocal coach at the University of New Mexico.
The opera will be sung in German with supertitles on a screen, with all the dialogue in English.
The opera tells the story of characters who take on a quest, aided by a magic flute and set of bells, in a timeless, imaginary place. The actors will wear Edwardian and Victorian era costumes.
“Our production will emphasize the theme of ‘growing up,’ by taking elements from the classic tale of Peter Pan,” said Markham. “Both children and adults will relate to it.”
The vocal music program has a large pool of talent, Markham said, so the two performances will feature two casts. Students also designed the costumes, lighting, set and makeup for the production.
Ditlow, the music director, has made an arrangement for flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, piano, timpani and glockenspiel which will feature additional UWSP music students. The university’s production will be the premier of this version, Markham said.