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February 22, 2002
Vol. 43 No. 16

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Mozart's opera is comic and serious

The magic flute
The Crusader/Karen Stefaniak
THE MAGIC FLUTE - Seniors Sara Adams and Jason Keener practice their roles in Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute," which will be performed on Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater.
Considering the musical talents and activities of students at Susquehanna, if anyone has ever questioned why there has not been an opera performed on campus for more than 20 years, the wondering is now officially over.

Nina Tober, the assistant professor of music and director of the opera workshop is directing Susquehanna students in the presentation of "The Magic Flute," an opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

The opera, first performed Sept. 30, 1791 at the theater Auf de Wieden in Germany, has now, over 200 years later, found its way to the Degenstein Campus Theater.

The story of "The Magic Flute" is about a young prince, played by senior Nathan Troup, who is sent by the Queen of the Night, played by senior Emily Jaworski, to save her daughter Pamina, played by senior Sara Adams, who has been kidnapped.

Not much else can be said without giving something away about the plot of the opera, except that the main themes behind Mozart's masterpiece support the thoughts of the period of enlightenment in which the opera was made.

The ideas of reason, tolerance and equality are issues that Mozart includes throughout various dialogues in the opera.

"The opera alternates between comedy and seriousness, which presents us with the many sides of humanity," Tober said.

According to Tober, this opera will be the first time a student production has ever used the pit.

"As soon as I found out there was a pit in Deg, I wanted to get it open and use it," Tober said.

She chose the opera because it "provides a wide range of music and parts, which gives a lot of people an opportunity," Tober said.

There is both music and opportunity, as the actors/singers vary from role to role.

Senior music education major Jason Keener play Papageno and junior theatre major Matthew Cornish plays Manostatos.

Junior cast member Julie Snyder said: "I think we have the vocal talent to take this on. Most of us have been in an opera. I think that it is really exciting to take on such an undertaking."

The opera will be performed Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. in the Degenstein Center Theater. Admission to the performance is free.

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