Fun-filled Opera Set for IUP Music Theater

Posted on 10/20/2015 2:11:33 PM

Magic Flute 3 412IUP Music Theater will present Mozart’s The Magic Flute. A semi-staged version featuring a full orchestra and chorus, this light-hearted family classic will be performed in IUP’s Fisher Auditorium on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 1, at 2:00 p.m.

In the story, prince Tamino is saved from a serpent by Three Ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night. The Ladies then show Tamino a portrait of the queen’s daughter, Pamina, who they say is enslaved by the evil Sarastro. Looking at the beautiful face of Pamina, Tamino falls in love immediately.

Directed by new music faculty member Oliver Lo, The Magic Flute includes a cast of 23 IUP singers, a chorus of 60 directed by Craig Denison, and the IUP Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stanley Chepaitis.

In describing what the audience will experience, Lo explained, “We have X-Men kind of characters in this opera: a half-man-half bird comical creature singing a catchy and lively tune, “I am a cheerful bird-catcher,” and all he wants is a pretty wife. And we also have this Evil Queen, similar to the character Storm in X-Men, always bringing a thunderstorm with her. Her coloratura aria “You will avenge me, daughter!” demands some high notes that a normal human being cannot usually reach.”

Lo, the new director of IUP Music Theater, comes to Indiana with extensive experience in producing and directing operas and musicals both in Hong Kong and the United States.  According to Lo, “The Magic Flute is one of the few operas that is suitable for all ages. We encourage parents and teachers to bring along their children and students to the performances.”

Magic Flute 1 412Tickets for this event are available now online, or the Lively Arts’ online ticketing website. They can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at (724) 357-1313. Seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour before each performance.

Tickets are priced at $18 for regular admission, $15 for senior citizens and groups of fifteen or more, and $12 for children, students, and I-Card holders.'

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call (724) 357-2787 (ARTS) or email

Music Theater is produced by the Department of Music and College of Fine Arts. It is funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association.

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Pictured above right are Katie Sabo as Papagana and Ken Singleton as Papagano. Below are Heather Heuff as Pamina and Nicholas Hudak as Tamino.