Juilliard Opera Presents W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte Featuring Juilliard Singers and the Juilliard Orchestra Conducted by David Stern and Directed by Mary Birnbaum; 3 Performances: Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21, at 7:30pm; Saturday, April 23, at 2pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

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Juilliard Opera Presents W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Featuring Juilliard Singers and the Juilliard Orchestra
Conducted by David Stern and Directed by Mary Birnbaum

3 Performances: Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21, at 7:30pm;
Saturday, April 23, at 2pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater

NEW YORK — The Juilliard Opera season concludes with W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, conducted by alumnus David Stern and directed by Mary Birnbaum. The opera features singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts with the Juilliard Orchestra. The opera had its premiere on September 30, 1791, roughly three months before Mozart died. Mozart conducted the orchestra at the performance, and librettist Emanuel Schikaneder sang the role of Papageno.

Performances take place on Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:30pm; and Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 2:00pm in Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
Tickets for Juilliard Opera productions are $30, available at events.juilliard.edu or at the Juilliard Box Office. Free tickets are available for Juilliard students; non-Juilliard students with valid ID may purchase tickets for $15.
The cast of Die Zauberflöte, in order of vocal appearance, includes:Miles Mykkanen (Tamino); Alexandra Razskazoff (1st Lady); Caitlin Redding (2nd Lady); Avery Amereau (3rd Lady); Theo Hoffman (Papageno); Liv Redpath (Queen of the Night); Alexander McKissick (Monostatos); Christine Taylor Price (Pamina); Christine Oh (1st Spirit); Sophia Kaminski (2nd Spirit); Kelsey Lauritano (3rd Spirit); Thesele Kemane (Speaker); Fan Jia (1st Priest); Önay Köse (Sarastro); Matthew Swensen (2nd Priest); Kara Sainz (Old Woman/Papagena); and Samuel Levine (Armed Man).
Scenic design is by Grace Laubacher; costume design is by Moria Sine Clinton; and lighting design is by Anshuman Bhatia. Adam Cates and Sean McKnight are co-choreographers.
This performance is part of Juilliard Opera, a program dedicated to the education and training of future generations of singers at Juilliard. Juilliard Opera is supported by the vision and generous lead funding of the International Foundation for Arts and Culture and its Chairman, Dr. Haruhisa Handa.
Juilliard’s Evening Division will offer a seminar, Decoding the Magic Flute, on Saturday, April 23 at 10am, prior to the 2pm performance. Seminar participants will include members of Juilliard Production’s creative team. Boxed lunch and tickets to the performance are included in the cost of the course. More information is available at juilliard.edu/flutedecoder or (212) 799-5000, ext. 273.

David Stern (Conductor)
David Stern is a born communicator. Whether conducting a major symphony orchestra, Baroque opera, teaching vocal master classes or defending cultural activities, Mr. Stern keeps his musicians, students and audiences riveted by sharing his strong musical convictions. He is the founder and director of the Paris-based opera studio and period-instrument ensemble Opera Fuoco, as well as adviser of the Shanghai Baroque Festival and director of opera at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado. In 2015, he was appointed chief conductor of Palm Beach Opera. Highlights of the 2015-16 season are opera productions with Palm Beach Opera, Drottningholm Opera Festival and Crested Butte Music Festival. With the Opera Fuoco ensemble, Mr. Stern will lead opera projects at the Shanghai Baroque Festival, Telemann Festival Magdeburg and at the Philharmonie in Paris.
Mary Birnbaum (Director)
Nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the 2015 International Opera Awards, Mary Birnbaum is an opera and theater director whose credits include the world premiere of Jeremy Denk and Steven Stucky’s The Classical Style (Carnegie Hall and the Ojai Festival), The Rape of Lucretia and Eugene Onegin (with conductor Matthew Aucoin) at Juilliard, Barber of Seville and Hansel and Gretel (Houston), L’elisir d’amore (Teatro Nacional, Costa Rica), plays by Lauren Yee and Joe Tracz at New World Symphony, and assisting Stephen Wadsworth on King Roger (Santa Fe Opera) and the Ring (Seattle Opera). Upcoming, she directs La Traviata (Columbus and Ashlawn), Le Villi/La Navarraise (Bard), and Kristin Kuster/Megan Levad world premiere (Virginia Arts Festival). She teaches acting for singers at Juilliard and is associate director of the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program.
About the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at Juilliard
Brian Zeger, Artistic Director
One of America’s most prestigious programs for educating singers, The Juilliard School’s Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts offers young artists programs tailored to their talents and needs. From bachelor and master of music degrees to an advanced Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, Juilliard provides frequent performance opportunities, featuring singers in its own recital halls, on Lincoln Center’s stages, and around New York City. Juilliard Opera has presented numerous premieres of new operas as well as works from the standard repertoire.
Juilliard graduates may be heard in opera houses and concert halls throughout the world; diverse alumni artists include well-known performers such as Simon Estes, Renée Fleming, Leontyne Price, Risë Stevens, Tatiana Troyanos, and Shirley Verrett. Recent alumni include Paul Appleby, Sasha Cooke, Isabel Leonard, Erin Morley, and Susanna Phillips.
Pianist Brian Zeger has built a distinguished international performance career in addition to appearing as artistic administrator, educator, and radio broadcaster. In a career spanning more than two decades, Mr. Zeger has enjoyed collaborations with many of the world’s top artists and enjoys an active career as a chamber musician. Currently he is artistic director of the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts at The Juilliard School and the executive director of the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.
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PROGRAM LISTING:
Juilliard Opera Presents W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte
Libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder
Tuesday, April 19 and Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:30pm;
and Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 2pm
Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater
David Stern, conductor
Mary Birnbaum, director
Featuring Juilliard Singers and the Juilliard Orchestra
Scenic Designer: Grace Laubacher
Costume Designer: Moria Sine Clinton
Lighting Designer: Anshuman Bhatia
Co-Choreographers: Adam Cates and Sean McKnight
The Cast (in order of vocal appearance):
Tamino: Miles Mykkanen
1st Lady: Alexandra Razskazoff
2nd Lady: Caitlin Redding
3rd Lady: Avery Amereau
Papageno: Theo Hoffman
Queen of the Night: Liv Redpath
Monostatos: Alexander McKissick
Pamina: Christine Taylor Price
1st Spirit: Christine Oh
2ndSpirit: Sophia Kaminski
3rdSpirit: Kelsey Lauritano
Speaker: Thesele Kemane
1st Priest: Fan Jia
Sarastro: Önay Köse
2nd Priest: Matthew Swensen
Old Woman/Papagena: Kara Sainz
Armed Man: Samuel Levine

 

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