BALTIMORE, MD – Opera Vivente closes 12th season with an updated version of Mozart’s beloved opera and adds a Baltimore flair.
In a world strangely like our own, a prince and a pauper set out to find their true loves, aided by powerful talismans and ambivalent guides, and in the end, found their true selves as well. The world of The Magic Flute is – indeed – very strangely like our own, as this new production sports a distinctly Baltimore twist. The “Bawlamer” take includes a set is a surrealist interpretation of a map of Baltimore as well as references to Baltimore locales and tourist attractions. Papageno the Bird man is a rabid Orioles fan with an insider track on player memorabilia that he trades with the Three Ladies for beer and Twinkies; Papagena is a Hooters waitress. Both Papageno and Papagena will perform with a “Bawlamer” accent.
A who’s who of Opera Vivente favorites livens up the cast, including Frédéric Rey as Tamino, Leah Inger as Pamina, John Dooley as Papageno, and Joy Greene as the Queen of the Night. The Three Ladies will be sung by Heather Michelle Mayer, Jennifer Blades and Dina Martire with David Morris as Sarastro. Jed Gaylin conducts and John Bowen directs.
Opera Vivente, Baltimore’s chamber opera company, closes its enchanted season with Mozart’s The Magic Flute (performances on May 14, 20 and 22 at 7:30pm and May 16 at 2pm). Performances are sung in English and will be held in the Great Hall of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral Street in historic Mount Vernon. Ticket prices are $33-75 for all performances. For tickets call 410-547-7997 or visit operavivente.org.
About Opera Vivente
Founded in 1994, Opera Vivente is dedicated to bringing new audiences to opera with its innovative production style, intimate performing space, and commitment to opera in English. Opera Vivente is set apart from other opera companies because of its commitment to casting local singers and to fostering local talent in scenic, lighting, costume, and wig/makeup design.