Baylor Opera Theater Presents Mozart's Final Stage Masterpiece

Jan. 20, 2005

by Richard Veit

Baylor Opera Theater will present three performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Die Zauberflöte from Jan. 28-30 in the Jesse H. Jones Theater of Baylor University's Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Performances on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, will begin at 7:30 p.m. A matinée performance will be staged at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

The production is under the general supervision of Richard Aslanian, lecturer in music and director of opera. Conducting the Baylor Opera Orchestra will be J. Christopher Buddo, director of ensembles and associate professor of double bass and conducting.

Translated as "The Magic Flute," Die Zauberflöte is one of Mozart's last completed works, dating from the fall of 1791--just nine weeks before his untimely death at the age of 35. Set in the exotic locale of ancient Egypt, the opera is a dazzling mixture of political satire, rustic humor, the supernatural, esoteric symbolism of Freemasonry, boy meets girl, good versus evil, and magnificent vocal and orchestral music.

The innovative Baylor production--placing the action on a chess board--is fully staged and costumed, sung by award-winning student vocalists and directed by David Holley, director of opera at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Waco audiences will remember Holley as Pinkerton in the Lyric Opera of Waco production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Tickets for Mozart's Die Zauberflöte are $15. Baylor students, faculty and staff will be admitted for $13 by showing their Baylor I.D. at the theater department box office. For further information, call (254) 710-1865.

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