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SUBJECT: Memorial staging full-scale opera production
DATE: Jan. 27, 2010

Memorial’s School of Music invites opera lovers to experience Mozart’s The Magic Flute in a fully-staged performance of one of the German composer’s most beloved works in the operatic repertoire.
            The production has been cast almost entirely with voice majors currently studying at the School of Music and will be accompanied by the MUN Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Vernon Regehr.
            Composed in 1791, The Magic Flute is noted for its prominent Masonic elements and for its exploration of Enlightenment-era philosophy. The story itself portrays the education of mankind, progressing from chaos through superstition to rationalistic enlightenment by means of trial and error.
            The title role, Prince Tamino, will be played by School of Music graduate and former student of the New England Conservatory Jonathan Reed. Peter Halley will play Monostatos, and Michael Power will play the Priest. Three children’s roles – who act as guides to the heroes on their quest –were selected from the St. John’s-based Shallaway youth choir.
            Sung in German with English dialogue, the opera has numerous highlights including what some consider Mozart’s most famous vocal motifs, the Queen of the Night’s aria, and the solo arias of the characters Prince Tamino, Papageno and the Princess Pamina.
            Taking place at the Reid Theatre, Arts and Administration Building on Feb. 18 and 19, tickets are available by contacting the Holy Heart Theatre box office at 709-579-4424.
            A blend of fantasy and fairy tale and containing some of Mozart’s most memorable characters and music, The Magic Flute is sure to enchant long after the curtain closes.

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