Kelly Kretschmer and Stephen Brandt star as Papagena and Papageno in Drake’s production of “The Magic Flute.”
Drake University’s Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra will present their final performance of “The Magic Flute” at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in the Performing Arts Hall in the Harmon Fine Arts Center, 25th Street and Carpenter Avenue.
Ann K. Cravero, assistant professor of music, directs the performance and Akira Mori, assistant professor of music, conducts the orchestra.
The cast consists of 41 Drake students and the orchestra is made up of 31 Drake students.
“The Magic Flute” (German Die Zauberflöte, K. 620) is an opera in two acts composed in 1791 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to a German libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder. The work is in the form of a Singspiel, a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. Drake’s production features an English singing translation by Andrew Porter.
The production is made possible by a gift from the Friends of Drake Arts, which will sponsor a reception at intermission, and support from the Drake Opera Theatre Fan Club.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students, senior citizens or those with a Drake ID. For ticket reservations, contact the Drake Fine Arts Box Office at 515-271-3841.
A synopsis of the opera is posted on the Drake Web site.