La Sierra University unveils its first full opera, “The Magic Flute”

La Sierra University’s music and art departments have collaborated to bring you Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute” in the university’s first full-scale operatic production.
La Sierra University’s music and art departments have collaborated to bring you Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute” in the university’s first full-scale operatic production.

Feb. 26, 2010

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – (www.lasierra.edu) This weekend, in its first fully staged and costumed opera, La Sierra University will bring to life Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s much loved work, “The Magic Flute.”

On Sat., Feb. 27, and Sun., Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., the La Sierra University Opera Theater will present the musical story, or Die Zauberflöte, illustrated and accompanied with orchestra, set and props. The opera will take place at La Sierra’s Hole Memorial Auditorium.

This is the first time La Sierra University will produce a fully staged and costumed opera, accompanied by full orchestra. This production involved the collaboration of several ensembles; the La Sierra University Symphonia, conducted by the Dr. Daniel Cummings, the La Sierra University Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Earl Richards, and vocal majors from the vocal department directed by Dr. Raejin Lee.

The LSU Art Department, directed by Beatriz Mejia-Krumbein, designed and painted the set and props. The story of “The Magic Flute” is light-hearted and whimsical; it has delighted the hearts of all audiences since its first premiere in Vienna in 1791.

Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 seniors/LSU staff, faculty and students, and $20 family admission. Children age 12 and under are free. The university is located at 4500 Riverwalk Parkway, Riverside. For additional information call 951-785-2036. A campus map is at http://lasierra.edu/resources/campusmap/.

CAST

Sarastro.........................................Michael Gallup
The Queen.....................................Clarissa Shan
Tamio...........................................Timothy Gonzales
Pamina.........................................Cecia Garcia
Papageno......................................Aram Barsamian
Lady 1..........................................Elizabeth Chan
Lady 2..........................................Stephanie Jones
Lady 3..........................................Rachel Hechanova
Monostatos....................................Benjamin Cortez
Spirit 1.........................................Ariane Brandt / Czarina Francisco
Spirit 2.........................................Natalie Choi / Anne Leah Guia
Spirit 3.........................................Melissa Suarez / Danayshiya Brown
Priest1/Armor1.............................Arvy Wuysang
Priest2/Armor2.............................Scott Ziemann
Papagena......................................Melanie Contreras
Priests, slaves and followers............LSU Chamber Singers

 

PR Contact: Larry Becker
Executive Director of University Relations
La Sierra University
Riverside, California
951.785.2460 (voice)

 

  • Last update on  February 26, 2010