LAWRENCE-What if a group of people thrown together in a truly hopeless and desperate situation decided to console and encourage each other by acting out a story that pits hope against despair? What if that story was Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute?
KU Opera will challenge audiences with this alternative presentation of The Magic Flute, January 27-30, in the William Inge Theatre/Murphy Hall, 7:30pm.
The storytellers in this adaptation are prisoners in a Nazi concentration camp. The story will use psychological elements of Mozart’s famous opera, but this presentation will move beyond the conventional fairy tale setting into a more intimate, allegorical realm.
“I am very excited about this presentation,” said Mark Ferrell, Musical Director of KU Opera. “Our singers are being challenged in new ways beyond the expected musical challenges. Many are working in an entirely new theatrical way; discoveries are being made every day.”
Ferrell adds that the audience will also be challenged in new ways as they will take on the role of a “second circle” of storytellers, invited into the concentration camp barrack and asked to imagine, along with the performers/prisoners, how they would deal with the same life issues.
Tickets to this opera are $10/general admission and $5/students and seniors and can be purchased by calling 785-864-3436. The opera runs January 27-30 at 7:30pm. This production is not recommended for young audiences.
Contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 with questions.