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'The Magic Flute' plays more than just a tune

April 29, 2005

Image of the promotional poster for 'The Magic Flute'Opera returns to SFSU with a staging of Mozart's classic opera "The Magic Flute." The performance takes place in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building April 29-30, May 1-2, 6-7.

"This is the first true opera performed at SFSU in several years, and we are hoping to stimulate a more continuous and vital collaboration between the departments [of theatre and music and dance]," said Barbara Damashek, assistant professor of theatre arts and director.

The opera tells the story of Prince Tamino, a handsome young hero who embarks on a quest to rescue Princess Pamina, with whom he has fallen in love. Tamino and his silly sidekick, Papageno, encounter a series of obstacles, ploys and initiation rites to unite the two lovers. It is a story of courage, perseverance and love interspersed with a series of unexpected twists and turns.

Alissa Deeter, assistant professor of music, provides musical direction, taking on Mozart's characteristically dramatic yet comic score, including several beautiful arias.

"The Magic Flute" is a collaborative effort of the Theatre Arts Department and the School of Music and Dance. It "was chosen because of its beauty as a theatrical work," said Damashek.

"The Magic Flute," or "Die Zauberflöte" in German, is an example of German Singspiel: although most of the libretto is sung, some dialogue -- especially comic dialogue -- is spoken.

Performances are at 8 p.m. April 29-30 and May 6-7, and at 2 p.m. May 1 and 2. Admission is $12 for the general public and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, call the Creative Arts Box Office at (415) 338-2467.

-- Student Writer Lisa Rau with William Morris


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