cast members
cast members
Top photo: Three ladies and Tamino portrayed by students Alyssa
Bradford, Rafael Moras, Rachael Schlitt and Christina Taylor
Bottom photo: Papagena and Papgeno portrayed by students
Helen Rodriguez and Nick May

UTSA Lyric Theater presents Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(April 1, 2008)--The UTSA Lyric Theatre will present the Mozart opera, "The Magic Flute," at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 6; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 11 and 3 p.m., Sunday, April 13 in the Buena Vista Theater at the Downtown Campus. The Friday, April 4 performance is sold out.

At the opening performance, the Department of Music will recognize the George W. Brackenridge Foundation, Opera Guild of San Antonio, and Charlotte and Charles Walker for their invaluable support of the Lyric Theatre program.

Tickets are $20; $10 for seniors, military and students. Advance tickets are available by calling (210) 458-5685; tickets also will be available at the door.

"The Magic Flute" is the story of Tamino, a handsome prince who is lost in a distant land. He is beseeched by the Queen of the Night to free her daughter, Pamina from Sarastro. Given a magic flute by three attendants of the queen, Tamino sets out on his journey to free Pamina and win her love.

"The Magic Flute" is the final opera staged by Mozart before his death in 1791. The work is a "singspiel," a popular form that includes both singing and spoken dialogue. The opera features the well-known arias, "Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen" (The Vengeance of Hell Boils Within My Heart), performed by The Queen of the Night, and "Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön" (This Image is Enchantingly Beautiful), sung by Tamino.

The UTSA Lyric Theatre is a student ensemble directed by UTSA Associate Professor William McCrary. For the production, the UTSA Orchestra will be conducted by Eugene Dowdy, UTSA associate professor and chair of the Department of Music.

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