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Opera Workshop performs 'The Magic Flute'

Nov. 15, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Opera Workshop class presents a shortened version of Mozart's delightful opera "The Magic Flute" at 8:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 22-23, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The free, public performances include most of the scenes from the opera, presented by multiple student casts with minimal scenery, props and costumes, and accompanied by piano. The programs are the final presentation of the Opera Workshop class, the acting class for voice majors in the WMU School of Music.

"The Magic Flute," Mozart's final opera, tells the story of the daring Prince Tamino who sets out with his amusing sidekick Papageno to save the Princess Pamina and win her hand in marriage. In the process he meets the duplicitous Queen of the Night and joins the priestly order of the mysterious Sarastro. Mozart's score contains some of the most difficult and exquisite vocal music ever composed.

The presentation will be conducted by Dr. David Little and staged by Director of Opera Carl Ratner. Graduate student Geraldine Boyer-Cussac will be the pianist.

For further information, contact Ratner at 269 387-4706, or <carl.ratner@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Kevin West, 269 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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