To open the 75th anniversary festivities of the School of Music and Dance, SDSU’s Opera Theater will present its first-ever production of “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s fantastical opera of myth, magic and music, Feb. 10 – 12, in Smith Recital Hall.
About 'The Magic Flute'
One of the most popular operas since its Vienna premiere in 1791, “The Magic Flute” is both spoken and sung in singspiel style and combines witty comedy with soaring musical passion.
Profound and light-hearted, it is presented at SDSU in English, and features a talented student cast in a full, colorful production. This is the first production of “The Magic Flute” in the history of opera at SDSU.
Performances are at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Feb. 10 and 11, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 12, in Smith Recital Hall.
The production features both undergraduate and graduate singers with technical support by current SDSU students and alumni designers, as well as crew. Michiko Lohorn will conduct the performances from the piano, with stage direction and production by Kellie Evans-O’Connor.
Tickets are $18 general admission, and $12 for students and seniors. Group tickets are also available. Tickets may be purchased at www.sdsu.edu/musicdancetix or one hour before performance time at the Smith Recital Hall box office.
For further information, please call 619-594-1017.
About opera theater and the School of Music and Dance
SDSU’s opera theater program is a performing ensemble emphasizing training and performance of operatic literature, which may include scene programs, one-act operas or full-length productions either with piano or orchestral accompaniment. The program offers training in acting, stage movement, repertoire and style.
“The Magic Flute” is the first in a series of eleven special events planned to pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the School of Music and Dance, one of the most enduring programs at SDSU.
When SDSU was founded in 1897, a music professor was one of the first seven educators hired. By the 1930s, the program had evolved to offer a bachelor’s degree in music and, in 1993, the dance division joined the Department of Music to form the school as it is today.