On the surface, The Magic Flute tells the tale of a prince out to rescue the daughter of a queen. But dig a little deeper and audiences will find there are stories within stories when Toronto’s Opera Atelier brings its heralded production of Mozart’s final and most beloved opera, featuring live music performed by Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, to Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18.
Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $62 for an adult, $20 for a University Park student and $41 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at www.cpa.psu.edu or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 1-800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.
Opera Atelier’s The Magic Flute, which takes place in an imaginary ancient Egypt, premiered in 1991 and was the first fully staged period production of the opera in North America. It toured to Vancouver Opera in 1992 and remains Opera Atelier’s most popular production. It was redesigned in 2001, and the most recent presentation of the new production took place in 2006. The adaptation, which Opera Atelier Co-artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski said is popular with people of all ages, is performed in English with English supertitles.
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