UCSB’s Department of Music and Department of Theater and Dance will present a whimsical co-production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Feb. 25-27 at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall on the UCSB campus.
The show features singers and instrumentalists from the univesity’s Opera Theatre Program, dancers and actors from the Department of Theater and Dance, and puppets of all shapes and sizes.
The abridged 75-minute opera — presented with no intermission and sung in English — will have three public performances, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26, and a 2 p.m. matinee Feb. 27.
Soprano and UCSB professor Isabel Bayrakdarian will provide music and stage direction. Christina McCarthy, UCSB lecturer and interdisciplinary artist/dancer, will provide choreography and puppet design.
The new version of “The Magic Flute” is arranged by Peter Tiefenbach for nine instrumentalists and seven singers, all of them double cast. The English-language translation of this non-traditional and family friendly opera is by Brent Krysa.
“All the singers, chamber players, dancers and puppeteers will perform from the stage, and each will tell the story using their own medium — their instruments, their voices, their bodies,” said Bayrakdarian.
To buy tickets, visit music.ucsb.edu/events/purchase-tickets.