University of Mobile gives Mozart’s Opera “The Magic Flute” a Star Trek Twist

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The University of Mobile Opera Theater will present two performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera, “The Magic Flute,” which is a tale of victory of good over evil.

In this production, the storybook adventure is spun into a world inspired by Star Trek. Captain Tamino answers a distress call from an unexplored alien world where he is thrown into the midst of intrigue and conflict.

The opera will be sung in English by members of the University of Mobile Opera Theater, directed by Dr. Patrick Jacobs, professor of music and director of opera studies. Maestro Scott Wright, general director for Mobile Opera, will lead the University of Mobile Orchestra in the production, which will feature professional sets and costumes.

The opera will be April 16 at 7 p.m. and April 17 at 2 p.m. at the Saraland Performing Arts Center at Saraland High School. Tickets for “The Magic Flute,” are $25 for adults, and $10 for students with an ID and are available in advance at www.itickets.com or at the door. For group rates, call 251-442-2383.

“The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s final opera, is a favorite with audiences of all ages and musical tastes. The popular opera premiered in Vienna Sept. 30, 1791, at the suburban Freihaus-Theatre. Mozart conducted the orchestra for the opera’s premiere.

Mozart died in December 1791 at the age of 35. His death came a month before the opera celebrated its 100th performance milestone.

For information about the University of Mobile, visit www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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