Mozart | The Magic Flute
World Premiere. New English Adaptation
October 4-13, 2013
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
World Premiere. New English Adaptation by Kelley Rourke, Leon Major and John Conklin
October 4, 6m, 9, 11, 13m, 2013 at the Citi Performing Arts CenterSM Shubert Theatre.
Opening Night performance at 8:00 p.m. All other evening performances at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees (m) at 3 p.m.
Mozart’s magical world is unearthed when a group of college students goes on an archeological trip to the Yucatan and one is bitten by a snake. Celebrating the depth and breadth of Boston’s artistic talent, BLO has assembled a cast and creative team with national and international credentials, and roots in the Boston arts community, including Andrew Garland, Meredith Hansen, and Zach Borichevsky. This new English language adaptation by former BLO Artistic Director Leon Major, Kelley Rourke and our own John Conklin showcases Mozart’s exuberant score. The October 4 world premiere will inaugurate The Opera Gala: A Season Opening Celebration.
|Stage Director||Leon Major|
|Set Designer||John Conklin|
|Costume Designer||Nancy Leary|
|Lighting Designer||Mark Stanley|
|Lyrics & Projected English Titles||Kelley Rourke|
|Wigs & Makeup Designer||Jason Allen|
|Queen of the Night||So Young Park#|
|First Lady||Meredith Hansen^|
|Second Lady||Michelle Trainor#|
|Third Lady||Nicole Rodin#|
|First Spirit Messenger||David Kravitz|
|Second Spirit Messenger||Omar Najmi*#|
|Third Spirit Messenger||Isaac Bray*|
|First Boy||Thomas Potts*+|
|Second Boy||Timothy O’Brien*+|
|Third Boy||Andrew Peruzzi*+|
#BLO Emerging Artist
^BLO Emerging Artist Alumnus
+ Member of St. Paul Choir School, Cambridge, MA
|Sandra Kott, Concertmaster||Iva Milch|
|Natalie Favaloro||Nancy Dimock, Principal|
|Gerald Mordis||Lynda Jacquin|
|Heidi Braun-Hill||Clarinets/Basset Horns|
|Stacey Alden||Jan Halloran, Principal|
|Annie Rabbat, Principal||Bassoons|
|Jodi Hagen||Donald Bravo, Principal|
|Lena Wong||Elah Grandel|
|Rohan Gregory||Kevin Owen, Principal|
|Kenneth Stalberg, Principal||Trumpets|
|David Feltner||Bruce Hall, Principal|
|Donna Jerome||Jesse Levine|
|Cellos||Robert Couture, Principal|
|Loewi Lin, Principal||Hans Bohn|
|Mark Simcox||Donald Robinson|
|Jeffrey Fischer, Principal|
|Robert Lynam, Principal||Keyboard|
|Barry Boettger||James Myers|
|Michelle Alexander, Chorusmaster|
|Katrina Holden||Brendan Buckley|
|Eunhee Kang||Chris Maher|
|Kathryn McKellar||Thomas Osterling|
|Dana Schnitzer||Fred VanNess|
|Heather Gallagher||Fred Furnari|
|Amy Oraftik||Taylor Horner|
|Julia Snowden||John Whittlesey|
|Amanda Tarver||Ron Williams|
BLO presents this season a new English adaptation of The Magic Flute by Leon Major, Kelley Rourke, and John Conklin. Quotations are from the sung text by Kelley Rourke.
“… we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us. The labyrinth is thoroughly known […] We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, […] and where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence, and where we had though to be alone, we will be with all the world.” - Joseph Campbell
Tommy, Pamela, Patrick, and Monty, four contemporary university students are on an archeological visit to the Mayan ruins. Tommy (Tamino) is bitten by a snake, and as the venom enters his veins, he begins to hallucinate—the power of his altered state draws his companions into his dream, and they are suddenly and violently swept up into the pyramid they have come to visit.
The time has come to walk the path
To seek the answer to the question
The night is wild, the way is steep.
They are caught up in a cosmic world where an epic battle between Day (Sarastro) and Night (the Queen) is being waged. The battle between Sarastro and the Queen is an unending struggle between the rational forces of order and control on the one hand, and the dark powers of chaos and the unconscious on the other.
Revolve in the heavens.
Can daylight contend with the night’s darkest questions?
This epic war compels our protagonists to deal with their own conflicts and desires. As they struggle their way through the mysterious labyrinth, they are constantly being confronted by dangerous temptations, strange and confounding metamorphoses, bizarre trials, ribald suggestions, droll encounters, monstrous serpents, and magical musical instruments. Their world is our world where we so often ignore that which disturbs us. But in dreams confrontations cannot be ignored.
Tommy (Tamino) and his companions meet figures that give them advice both good and bad. These forces try to dissuade them from reaching their goals. Tom is being forced to think, to consider, to question. He and the others are being invited, not always kindly, and sometimes wrenchingly, to examine their lives.
Each man must make his way alone
As contradictions streak the skies.
The cosmic battle rages on
Look within to find your light.
These events are being watched over by mysterious spirits, forces of stillness and wisdom. They demand our protagonists question their behavior and push all of them to examine their preconceptions. Our four visitors discover that faithful obedience can lead to tyranny, that dreams can become realities, that immoral behavior can never be justified and, of crucial importance, that men and women are equal and that the weaknesses and strengths of each, when combined, form a complete world that allows both the freedom to create. Only by uniting can they find a principled path. Slowly the spirit world reveals, through the power and understanding of music, that strength and harmony does lie within us all—that ours can be a world of balance and selflessness.
Do not be fooled by mere illusion
Examine reason and desire.
Both light and dark can cause confusion.
There’s danger in both fog and fire.
Our setting is also a mysterious “new world” where a new journey of self-discovery can be initiated. The Mayan world is rich in objects and architecture—temples and pyramids, golden masks, onyx vessels, crystal skulls, plumed serpents of turquoise and coral—that remain both boldly beautiful and tantalizingly mysterious to our contemporary sensibilities.
The sun peeks over the horizon,
The silver moon recedes,
Continuing the endless cycle of birth and death—
each one the next precedes.
Day is followed by Night and Night by Day and so on through all of time. Day eventually swallows up in the darkness of the Night just as the light of Day eventually conquers the power of darkness. We need both—order can control the deadly violence of chaos, but too much order can suppress the creative and vital instincts of the unconscious. Clarity is desirable, but so is mystery.
The play of elements is never ending –
Eternally dividing, merging, blending
The man who seeks that path that threads between extremes
Will thus achieve a life of harmony.
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