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The Magic Flute, the second in Sarasota Opera Winter Festival, opens February 13

January 21, 2010

Patricia G. Horwell, Communications Officer
 (941) 366-8450 ext. 332

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mozart’s popular The Magic Flute, the second opera in Sarasota Opera’s annual Winter Festival, opens February 13. This enchanting tale tells the story of a noble prince searching for his princess, a bumbling birdcatcher hoping for a mate, and an evil queen. The opera is replete with simple folk-like tunes, dazzling vocal fireworks, and beautiful music, which has made this one of all opera’s most beloved works.
Returning to Sarasota Opera is soprano Maria D’Amato who sings the role of Pamina. Ms. D’Amato was a Studio Artist here during the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons, playing the roles of Thibault in Don Carlos, and Berta in The Barber of Seville. She was the recipient of the Bradenton Opera Guild’s Helen Jepson Dellera Fellowship Award and has sung roles with Opera North/New Hampshire, Seattle Opera Young Artist Program and the Seattle Symphony. Tenor Joshua Kohl makes his Sarasota Opera debut as Tamino. He has previously been heard as Pinkerton in the Dallas Opera’s production of Madama Butterfly, Alfredo in Tulsa Opera’s La traviata, and Macduff in Macbeth at the Utah Symphony and Opera. Baritone Sean Anderson returns to Sarasota Opera as Papageno. A favorite among Sarasota patrons, Mr. Anderson received accolades for his performances of Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, and Gabriel von Eisenstein in Die Flerdermaus. He also has appeared with Indianapolis, Chautauqua and Santa Fe Operas. Finally, company favorite bass Young-Bok Kim reprises the role of Sarastro, in which he made his Sarasota Opera debut in 2004. Mr. Kim received rave reviews for his 2007 performance as the title character in Attila, and also has sung many roles in Sarasota including Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Colline in La bohème, Massimiliano in I masnadieri, and Nilakantha in Lakmé.
Director Allison Grant makes her Sarasota Opera debut after a stint as artistic director of Theatre Athena in Waterloo, Ontario. She has also directed Don Giovanni and Carmen for Opera Ontario, and Così fan tutti and The Magic Flute for Vancouver Opera. Also making his Sarasota debut is conductor Robert Tweten. Maestro Tweten has been the head of the music staff and has conducted Don Giovanni and Katya Kabanova at Santa Fe Opera and The Magic Flute at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Utah Opera. Sets were designed by Troy Hourie and costumes by resident designer Howard Tsvi Kaplan.
Tickets for the Opening performance of The Magic Flute are still available and start at $19.  There will an additional nine performances through March 21. Call the Box Office at (941) 366-8450, ext. 1, or order in person or online at www.sarasotaopera.org.
Other operas to be performed in repertory during the Festival, which runs through March 21, are  Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci by Mascagni and Leoncavallo respectively, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, and Verdi’s Giovanna d’Arco. Tickets are available now at the Box Office in the Deane Allyn Pavilion of the Sarasota Opera House, by phone at (941) 366-8450, ext. 1, or online at www.sarasotaopera.org. The box office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and through the first intermission on performance evenings in the Lobby Box Office.