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Virginia Opera: THE MAGIC FLUTE, 11/21 & 11/23

November 6, 2003
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS presents
VIRGINIA OPERA: THE MAGIC FLUTE
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Friday, November 21, 8PM
Sunday, November 23, 2PM
Sung in English




Fairfax, Virginia, October 27, 2003—Mozart wrote Die Zauberflöte at the age of 35, shortly before his death, and it was first performed in Vienna in 1791. This is a musical treat – its classical pedigree enhanced with traditional folk tune motifs – filled with symbolism, political satire and humor. Now, Virginia Opera brings Mozart’s Magic Flute, an opera in two acts, with libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, to George Mason’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. This production is performed in an English translation by Andrew Porter. An artistic discussion is held 45-minutes prior to each performance in the Grand Tier lobby on the Concert Hall’s third level.

The artistic team of conductor Dan Saunders and stage director William Theisen (The Mikado/2001) reunite to collaborate on this presentation. Part fairytale, part morality play, The Magic Fluteis a feast for the senses combining laughter, love, song and high spirits. The story revolves around Tamino and Pamina, who are destined to meet and fall in love, but first must escape the clutches of the wicked Queen of the Night, Elizabeth Hogue (Contessa de Coigny in Andrea Chénier/2002). This production features the return of Eric Van Hoven (Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore/1998) as Tamino and the Virginia Opera debut of Korean soprano Jee Hyun Lim as Pamina.
Andrew Wilkowske debuts in the role of the comedic bird catcher Papageno, and Kirk Eichelberger debuts as Sarastro. Audience favorite Alan Fischer (L’incredibile in Andrea Chénier/2002) appears as the lustful Monostatos. Virginia Opera last produced The Magic Flute in November 1996. The scenery for this production was designed by Miguel Romero for Virginia Opera. Costumes are the property of Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and were designed by Linda Cho.

Tickets for VIRGINIA OPERA’S THE MAGIC FLUTE are $78, $64, $42. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.

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GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.