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April 19, 2013

Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ at NSU on Saturday

— TAHLEQUAH — Performing one of Mozart’s most celebrated works, the Northeastern State University Department of Music presents “The Magic Flute” at 7 p.m. Saturday in the NSU Center for the Performing Arts.

Long before Broadway there was Mozart’s Magic Flute; this “singspiel” or “musical play” was a chart topper when it premiered in 1791. Mozart himself conducted the orchestra, the playwright Ernst Schikaneder played the comic and forlorn Papageno, and Mozart’s sister in law Josepha Hofer brought down the house as the wicked Queen of the Night singing up a storm, according to a media release.

The opera tells a tale of love, pitting heroes against villains, as the young lovers Tamino and Pamina journey towards the ultimate conclusion, guided by Mozart’s unforgettable melodies.

Guest artist soprano is Lenena Brezna, holder of vocal performance degrees from the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University and a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis.

Brezna has performed with Amici Opera in Philadelphia, Natchez Opera, Pensacola Opera, Mississippi Symphony, Corinth Symphony, Atlanta Symphony and Mexico City Symphony. In 2007, she was awarded the Charlie Reicker Memorial Scholarship to further her career in opera.

The Magic Flute is presented by the NSU Opera Workshop, featuring NSU students and local talent and directed by Dr. Shannon Unger, assistant professor of music.

Music will be performed by the NSU Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Norman Wika, assistant professor of music.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets will be sold at the door or can be purchased in advance from any cast member.

Information: (918) 444-2721 or (918) 444-2706.

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