CU Opera performs Mozart’s “Magic Flute”
Rich voices of the CU Opera filled Macky Auditorium’s Concert Hall Sunday afternoon with the performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.”
“The Magic Flute” marks the end of the year-long CU Opera’s Mozart celebration which began in March last year with their production of “The Marriage of Figaro.”
This is CU Opera’s sixth production of “The Magic Flute.” It debuted at CU in 1974.
The production sparked applause from the audience. Audience members were found in moments of suspense, scenes between lovers and characters torn between decisions.
William Gustafson, stage director for the production, said “The Magic Flute” is about the power of music and its effects on all living creatures.
“Music has the power to affect all range of human emotion and experience,” he said.
Gustafson said the theme that he hopes audiences take away is explained at the end of Act II when Pamina turns to Tamino and says, “Set forth and trust in music’s might, to lead us safely through this night.”
This power of music also affected many CU students Sunday afternoon.
“I’ve never been to an opera before, but my girlfriend wanted to go. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it, but I ended up liking it because the plot line was pretty good,” said Jared Watumull, a senior business administration and management major. “I’d come back.”
Other students agreed that the production was a positive experience.
“This is the second time I’ve been to an opera, but the first one at CU,” said Katie Byrne, a junior accounting and finance major. “I loved Prince Tamino’s voice. It was great.”
CU Opera’s next production is Bernstein’s “West Side Story” in March 2007 and Gluck’s “Orfeo ed Euridice” in April.