UTOT - Spring Opera - Die Zauberflote
Thanks to all of you who auditioned for UTOT’s spring production of Die Zauberflote.
James Marvel and I were especially pleased with the quality of all of the auditions, and appreciate not only the interest but also enthusiasm for this production. It is a very exciting year for us.
We decided rather late in the Spring to select Magic Flute as the spring opera. Our first choice was to pursue options in French as UTOT has never produced anything in that language. For a number of reasons, it seemed that this year was not going to afford us the facilities or resources to mount the productions we were targeting, so I somewhat reluctantly turned to the possibility of programming our 3rd Mozart opera in 3 years. That fact is the ONLY reason I would ever hesitate to program Mozart (one of my greatest musical loves!). I mention all of this only to illuminate the thrill that James and I encountered, when we sat down to discuss casting (which usually involves several rounds of name calling, pencil breaking and chair kicking), to discover that this score, in this year, affords opportunities for everyone who auditioned for us. That is a rare luxury indeed!
Please note that Barenreiter is the required edition for this production. Although it is not the least expensive, Barenreiter is the edition standard and more than worth the investment. More specifically, all notes during the coaching and rehearsal process will reference the Barenreiter score.
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