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OCU plays ‘The Magic Flute’

Oklahoma City University presents “The Magic Flute,” Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved operatic fairy tale masterpiece, in three performances Feb. 17-19.

“The Magic Flute” ­­— which debuted in 1791, three months before Mozart’s death — is set in an enchanted world between the sun and the moon, where truth and lies co-exist and true love conquers all.

The mainstage production will feature a cast of 37, directed by guest artist Cynthia Stokes, and full 38-piece opera orchestra, under the direction of Jan McDaniel. Stokes is artistic director of the San Diego CITY Opera.

Performances at OCU’s Wanda L. Bass School of Music are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 3 p.m. Sunday matinee on the historic Kirkpatrick stage, 2501 N. Blackwelder. The opera will be sung in the original German, with dialogue in English and translations projected above the stage.

Tickets ($15-$30) are available from okcu.edu/tickets or (405) 208-5227.

Mozart’s acclaimed score runs the gamut from the coloratura fireworks of the Queen of the Night to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical duets and the bird-catcher Papageno’s folk-inspired arias.

An opening night dinner, featuring performances by OCU musicians, will be held at 6:15 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the Bass Music Center. Tickets ($25) are available in advance from (405) 208-5227.

A free director’s talk by the guest director will be held 45 minutes before curtain of each performance.

The production will feature original costumes designed by Alison Winsby, scenic design by Robin Vest-Coleman and lighting design by Preston Hunt.

OCU’s Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company’s 64th season continues Feb. 24-26 with a Spotlight production of Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta “Orpheus in the Underworld,” followed April 21-23 with Stephen Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” winner of two Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“The Magic Flute” cast:

Brianna Holt and Rachel Schoenecker as Queen of the Night; Audrey Logan and Isabella Ruano as Pamina; Camryn Creech and Lizzy Perrone as Papagena; Irma Gonzalez and Arden Hearne as Lady 1; Chrissy Maher and Fiona Scott as Lady 2; Lucy Abramowitz and Zoë Sheller as Lady 3; McKenna Brye as Knabe 1; Anna Nash as Knabe 2; Tiónna Bell as Knabe 3; Troy Freeman and Iván Moreno as Tamino; Alex Spence and Reid Taylor (cover) as Monostatos; Josh Caminsky and Jeron Robinson (cover) as Papageno; Christian Atherton and Garrett Abel (cover) as Geharnischter Mann 1; Ben Bowers as Geharnischter Mann 2/Sprecher; and Jackson Barnes as Sarastro. The chorus: sopranos Anna Coleman, Claire Ehlers, Elisa Mato and Kylie Merrill; mezzo-sopranos MK Lee, Emma Maki, Sophia Rodrigues-Patterson and Leigha Trejo; tenors Garrett Abel, Zac Decker, Lucas Semrau and Reid Taylor; and baritone/bass Riordan Banks, Giancarlo Holland, Andrew Massey and Jeron Robinson.

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