2019 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Performing Arts
Mozart’s enchanting opera, The Magic Flute, was performed by Northern Arizona University’s Lyric Theater in April 2018 at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium. Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is a story about a prince charged with rescuing the daughter of the Queen of the Night. It features a quest for wisdom and enlightenment in order to bring back light to a world banished in darkness.
The production mixed the original German music with English dialogue, creating an experience that adheres to the style and tradition of the original German opera, without sacrificing the accessibility of the English text. A title screen above the stage translated the German into English.
The tale was brought to the to stage with the help of about 100 students. More than 40 students made up the cast, and about 40 played in the live orchestra. Students also helped behind the scenes in everything from stage design and make-up to social media.
The production won first place, Division III in the National Opera Association’s 2017-2019 Production Competition.
Raves from the community:
“I’ve seen this opera five or six times and this was as good as the professional productions I’ve seen.”