The Arapahoe Philharmonic, in collaboration with Avanti Music Academy in Highlands Ranch, presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute on Saturday, April 21, 2018, and Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Fisher Auditorium on The Englewood Campus.
Mozart’s prodigious composition ability was perhaps never more apparent than in his operas. He wrote 22 operas in his lifetime, ranging from the serious (opera seria) to the comic (opera buffa). The Magic Flute, or Die Zauberflöte, falls into the category of Singspiel, which connects overture and arias through spoken text. Considered one of his most popular operas, The Magic Flute never fails to charm audiences of all ages through its whimsical, fairy tale themes and recognizable melodies such as Papageno’s “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” and his playful duet “Pa-Pagena! Pa-Pageno!” with Papagena, as well as the impressive “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” sung by the Queen of the Night.
Avanti Music Academy founder and co-owner Amra Tomsic brings his creativity and years of opera experience with International Lyrica Opera in Italy to this special semi-staged performance, which is a first of its kind for the Arapahoe Phil. Tomsic and co-owner Drew Bradley direct this production with a unique twist. Tomsic explained: “The nature of this story lends itself to the idea that this a dream young Mozart has as a child. He [Young Mozart] will lead the listener through the tale as narrator, helping to weave the opera’s music and the traditionally spoken text for the audience.”
Arapahoe Philharmonic Music Director and Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes adds, “It’s a wild story with the incredible music you expect from Mozart. It’s great fun to play, it’s exciting to listen to… The orchestra will be on the auditorium floor, giving the audience a true opera experience as they watch the action on stage. And we’re thrilled to have an incredible cast of professional opera singers joining us thanks to Avanti Music Academy.”
There will be two performances of the opera:
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.
Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood High School Campus, 3800 S. Logan St., Englewood 80113
Tamino: Humberto Borboa
Pamina: Emily Morris
Papageno: Ryan Bradford
Papagena: Mary Hannah Keith
Queen of the Night: Neila Getz
Sarastro: Joshua South
Monostatos: Sean Stephenson
First Lady: Leah Podzimek
Second Lady: Rachel Eve Holmes
Third Lady: Sara Wise
First Spirit: Jennifer Burks
Second Spirit: Adrianne Fleming
Third Spirit: Kathryn Crandall
Iron Man/Slave/Priest: Arthur Beutel
Iron Man/Slave/Priest: Luke North
(Short biographies and headshots of the principal singers are available at https://www.arapahoe-phil.org/event/ap-sinfonietta-mozarts-magic-flute/.)
Thearin Pyeatte, Young Mozart
Amra Tomsic, Co-Stage Director
Drew Bradley, Co-Stage Director
Angela Klemm, Props, Costumes, Lighting
Matthew Meyer, Stage Manager
Cody Garrison, Principal Accompanist
Karen Laine, Accompanist
Arapahoe Philharmonic Sinfonietta
Devin Patrick Hughes, Music Director and Conductor
Members of the Cherry Creek Chorale
Brian Patrick Leatherman, Chorus Master
Pre-concert talks with Maestro Hughes and Amra Tomsic will take place in the Black Box Theater (balcony level) 45 minutes prior to curtain. A Classic Children’s Corner for kids of all ages will take place in the main level lobby 20 minutes prior to curtain.
Tickets are available online at www.arapahoe-phil.org or by calling 303-781-1892. Tickets will also be available at the door starting approximately one hour prior to concert start time.