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Winthrop Opera Theatre Brings Mozart Opera into 21st Century

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 "The Magic Flute" will run March 5-6 at 7:30 p.m. and March 7 at 3 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.
 The Winthrop Opera Theatre production is an update of Wolfgang Mozart's 1791 opera.

Brianna Valencia and Heidi Vega star in
Winthrop Opera Theatre's "The Magic Flute."

ROCK HILL, S.C. - Written in 1791, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's fairy tale opera "Die Zauberflöte" ("The Magic Flute") is about to get a very modern makeover.

The Winthrop Opera Theatre, directed by John Fowler, assistant professor of voice, will present an updated version of the two-act opera Friday, March 5, and Saturday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Johnson Theatre. This will be the Opera Theatre's first production in Johnson.

Mozart's original work tells the story of Tamino, who falls in love with the beautiful Pamina and struggles to attain wisdom and virtue. The Winthrop Opera Theatre's version is set in 2010 – to make the story "as real as possible" – on a university campus.

The updated setting and the location change to Johnson Theatre will give the opera an intimate feel more like the operas performed in Mozart's day, said Fowler.

"Now there is a sense of reverence about classical music, but operas like 'The Magic Flute' were intimate revues on topical issues and events where audiences participated," explained Fowler. "This fun, theatrical production will show the beauty of Mozart and let students get engaged in what's happening."

Fowler noted that spoken dialogue will be in English and the show's musical numbers will be sung in German, but subtitles will be provided. The Opera Theatre director added that "The Magic Flute" is the result of collaboration with students and faculty in the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Tickets for "The Magic Flute" are $5 for students, $10 for faculty/staff and $15 for the general public.

The opera is an approved cultural event and is part of the Friends of the Conservatory Series.

For ticket information, contact the box office at 803/323-4014 or

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