Opera Features the Magic Flute

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Opera fans won’t want to miss the spring production of the UWG Opera Workshop’s presentation of “The Magic Flute” on Thursday, March 5, and Saturday, March 7, at 8:15 p.m. in the Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia.

Members of the Carroll Symphony Orchestra conducted by Terry Lowry will provide orchestral accompaniment and stage director for the program will be Dr. Larry Frazier, professor of music and director of the Opera Workshop.

The production will be presented in an English translation featuring a narration read by Blair Trewhitt, a Carrollton businessman with professional speaking credits in Atlanta.

The production will be presented in an English translation featuring a narration read by Blair Trewhitt, a Carrollton businessman with professional speaking credits in Atlanta.“The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of the most celebrated operas in the history of the genre. The production is a fantasy of romance between a handsome prince and a beautiful and noble woman, and a war between the forces of darkness and light.

Presented in two acts composed to a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, the opera is considered by many scholars as Mozart’s greatest and has remained part of the standard operatic repertoire since its premiere in 1791.

The cast includes Frazier and voice and music majors John Martin of Newnan, Joy Anderson of Ranburne, AL; Sarah Greer of Whitesburg; Nandani Persuad of Dalton; John Strawbridge of Oxford; Rose Blanchard of Austell; Jeff Orme of Douglasville; Jessica Sheffield of McDonough, Christy Sabio of Atlanta, Holly Kaylor of Villa Rica; Debbie Byrd of Tallapoosa; Joseph Bryan of Catula; Chelsea Rhoades of Fayetteville; Jeff McBurnett of Carrollton and Joshua Loftin of Franklin.

Lighting is by Mark Newman and costumes are by Melanie Evans Parry of Creative Costumes, Inc.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $5 for county and city students, $3 for children 12 and under, and free for UWG students with ID. TCPA Box Office hours are Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call the TCPA at 678-839-4722.