The Arapahoe Philharmonic, in collaboration with Avanti Music Academy in Highlands Ranch, presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, at Fisher Auditorium on the Englewood Campus.
Mozart’s prodigious composition ability was perhaps never more apparent than in his operas. He wrote 22 operas in his lifetime, ranging from the serious (opera seria) to the comic (opera buffa). The Magic Flute, or Die Zauberflöte, falls into the category of Singspiel, which connects overture and arias through spoken text. Considered one of his most popular operas, The Magic Flute never fails to charm audiences of all ages through its whimsical, fairy tale themes and recognizable melodies such as Papageno’s “Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja” and his playful duet “Pa-Pagena! Pa-Pageno!” with Papagena, as well as the impressive “Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen” sung by the Queen of the Night.
Avanti Music Academy founder and co-owner Amra Tomsic brings his creativity and years of opera experience with International Lyrica Opera in Italy to this special semi-staged performance, which is a first of its kind for the Arapahoe Phil. Tomsic and co-owner Drew Bradley direct this production with a unique twist. Tomsic explained: “The nature of this story lends itself to the idea that this a dream young Mozart has as a child. He [Young Mozart] will lead the listener through the tale as narrator, helping to weave the opera’s music and the traditionally spoken text for the audience.”
Devin Patrick Hughes, Arapahoe Philharmonic music director and conductor adds, “It’s a wild story with the incredible music you expect from Mozart. It’s great fun to play, it’s exciting to listen to… The orchestra will be on the auditorium floor, giving the audience a true opera experience as they watch the action onstage. And we’re thrilled to have an incredible cast of professional opera singers joining us thanks to Avanti Music Academy.”
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