On Tuesday, January 15 Music & Opera begins its 19th consecutive season with a series of opera related educational programs.
In the first two programs, on Jan. 15 and 22. Music & Opera offers a production of Mozart’s famous opera The Magic Flute. It is fairy tale which raises questions about life and death.
The conflict is between the Queen of the Night and the Egyptian wise man Sarastro. Prince Tamino wishes to rescue Pamina the daughter of the Queen and in doing that he discovers that Sarastro is not evil. It is in this landscape that all civilizations come together. Tamino undergoes the ritual of purification and Pamina will lead him through this ritual. They begin their perilous journey together and the lovers emerge from their trial unscathed.
On Jan. 29 and Feb. 5, Music & Opera presents Lohengrin by Richard Wagner.
When Telramund charges Elsa of killing her brother Gottfried she tells of a vision where a knight rescues her. The knight approaches in the distance in a boat drawn by a swan. He offers himself as Elsa’s champion and makes her promise that she will never ask his name or where he has come from.
This production is from the Bayreuth Festival and stars Canada’s own Paul Frey as Lohengrin.
On Feb. 12 and 19, Music & Opera concludes its winter season with Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff.
Falstaff is a rogue who gets himself into all kinds of mischief in an amusing way. The high point is in the second act with the appearance of Falstaff’s face among the linens of the laundry basket.
All programs begin at 1 p.m. and usually end at 3 p.m., but you may also arrive at 12.30 p.m. to have a coffee and view programming related to the operas being presented.
The programs take place at the Festival Inn, and a series ticket for the six afternoons including refreshments is $45. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 226-921-0082 or at the door on the day of each program. Single tickets are $10.