• 2019-2020 Season,  The Magic Flute

    The World of The Magic Flute

    by Daniel Mesta, dramaturg In the 1920s, silent film fever had reached its height. Hollywood was awash with new talent waiting to make their debut on the silver screen. Most actors came from the theatre or from vaudeville, making for a very distinctive style of acting. Gestures were large and expressions were larger. Scenes were theatrical in nature, often putting the camera in the place of an audience member and playing directly to the lens. Costuming was dramatic and characterizing, and the large, lush painted scenery of old Hollywood was on full display. The films took actors to exotic places and bizarre situations, often requiring them to dance or sing…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  The Magic Flute

    Director’s Note for The Magic Flute

    Welcome and thank you for coming to tonight’s performance of The Magic Flute! We appreciate your support and we hope you enjoy this wonderful tale of good triumphant over evil.  In this opera, things are not always as they appear. At the beginning, the Queen of the Night seems to be in distress that her daughter has been kidnapped she persuades Tamino that Sarastro is an evil villain. It is only later that we find out that the Queen of the Night is actually nefarious and that Sarastro is Beneficent. Papageno, desperate to find a wife, encounters an old woman who, in the end, reveals herself to be the 18…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  The Magic Flute

    Cast and Crew Bios for The Magic Flute

    Cast/Creative Bios    Joshua Lindsay (Director) Over the past 20 years, Tenor Joshua Lindsay has performed over 500 performances of opera, operetta, and musical theater throughout the United States of America, Italy, Germany, and Austria. From 2011 to 2017, he sang with the Tiroler Landestheater in Innsbruck and in 2014 he was nominated for the distinguished Goldener Schikaneder music theater prize in Austria. In 2017, Dr. Lindsay joined the music faculty at Brigham Young University and is the opera director there. At BYU he directed Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, The Mikado, and Handel’s Theodora. In fall 2019, he will direct The Magic Flute by Mozart. Dr. Lindsay has sung over…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  The Magic Flute

    Dramaturg’s Note for The Magic Flute

    “This is the problem with language, and this is what makes silent movies fun, because the connection with them, me or the audience is not with the language. There’s no question of interpretation of what we are saying it’s just about feeling. You create your own story.”  Michel Hazanavicius   The only difference between opera and silent film is color.  When I think of my favorite silent films, I think of intense emotions, exaggerated expressions, lavish costumes, grandiose sets, and exotic destinations. The exact same could be said of my favorite operas. The most obvious similarity, however, is also the least tangible. It’s the magic. It’s the sheer drama and…

  • 2019-2020 Season,  The Magic Flute

    Synopsis of The Magic Flute

      Synopsis    Act I The Prince Tamino rushes onto the stage, pursued by a fearsome serpent. Exhausted and terrified, he collapses just as three mysterious ladies appear and bring down the beast by use of magic. They emerge from behind the mountain, and examine the unconscious Tamino. They then spirit away to tell their queen of his arrival.  Tamino awakens, and hears someone approaching. It is Papageno, a humble birdcatcher. He sings of his ease in catching birds, adding that he unfortunately cannot capture women in the same way. Tamino introduces himself, and the two become fast friends.  The ladies arrive again, and tell Tamino that their queen has…