The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


March 26, 2014

Bucknell Opera Company to perform The Magic Flute

LEWISBURG — The Bucknell Opera Company will present a full production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

The performance is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

In “The Magic Flute,” Prince Tamino is ordered by the Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, Princess Pamina, who has been kidnapped by the evil Sarastro. The Queen gives Tamino a magic flute to aid him and his sidekick, Papageno, who have several adventures before learning the truth about the Queen of the Night.

“This production, a favorite with opera audiences for centuries, combines the talents of the Opera Company and Bucknell’s dance department as well as visual artists from the community,” said Emily Martin-Moberley, director of the Opera Company.

“Elaine Crossman, a nationally recognized visual artist, has designed and constructed masks for use in ‘The Magic Flute’ for the dancers in two of the arias.

“Bucknell senior Christina Oddo will be choreographing dancers from the dance department in these numbers and Christopher Para, faculty member and director of the Bucknell Symphony Orchestra, will be conducting the orchestra of local musicians. And we have a set designer and lighting designer from Denver, Colo., who will also be joining us in this production,” she said.

Along with this production in the Weis Center, the Opera Company will present a free family matinee of “The Magic Flute” April 5 at 10 a.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building. Children of all ages and family are invited.

Martin-Moberley joined the Bucknell faculty as a visiting professor in the spring of 2013, when she directed the Opera Company’s first full production of “Hansel and Gretel,” which featured a family matinee for the community. She also taught voice and led a seminar in Music Entrepreneurship. As a visiting professor this year, she is again directing the Bucknell Opera Company’s spring production and teaching voice.

Founded in 1988 under the direction of Catherine Fowler Payn, the Bucknell Opera Company has gained a reputation for creating high quality performances of operatic literature in an undergraduate, liberal arts environment. Members of the company sing roles that support their vocal and artistic development by exploring both traditional and contemporary genres. Bucknell Opera Company’s performances, both on and off campus, have gained particular acclaim for innovative productions of significant contemporary American works.

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