Marshall Presents "The Magic Flute" Oct. 19 & 20

Updated 4 years ago Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
Laura Campbell, Robert Nunez
Laura Campbell, Robert Nunez
Photo: Rick Haye (Marshall University)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University's School of Music and Theatre will present a fully staged production of Mozart's The Magic Flute, sung in English, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20. Both performances will take place at the  Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium in Huntington City Hall.

The Marshall Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Elizabeth Reed Smith, joins the MU Opera Theatre, under the direction of Linda Dobbs, in Mozart's musical fantasy that has become the world's most frequently performed opera. Scene and lighting design by are by Lang Reynolds, professor of theatre at Marshall.

"The Magic Flute has something for every member of the audience," Dobbs said. "Children will delight in Papageno's antics and the bewitching spells of the magic flute, while adults may ponder the symbolism of the Enlightenment and the Masonic imagery provided by Mozart and his librettist, Emanuel Schikenader. Everyone will marvel at the Queen of the Night and go home humming. We have a wonderful cast and orchestra and we are thrilled to share this much-loved opera with our Huntington audiences."

The Magic Flute is both whimsical and profound, Dobbs added. It is a beguiling tale of the star-crossed lovers, Tamino and Pamina, and a loveable but lonely bird-catcher as the three search for love and struggle to attain wisdom. During their journey, they must overcome hatred, temptation, and dangerous trials but, aided by a magic flute and benevolent guidance, they are all proven worthy. The tale is woven together by the extraordinarily tuneful and enchanting music of Mozart. The Magic Flute is a perfect opera for the entire family, she said.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 and groups. Marshall students are admitted free with current IDs. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the School of Music and Theatre at 304-696-3117.

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