Kent State University Opera and Kent State University Museum Join Forces to Give New Perspectives on Mozart’s Opera “The Magic Flute”

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 2:00pm

Kent State University Opera will present scenes from Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute” on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. with matinee performances on Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 p.m. in Murphy Auditorium. Murphy Auditorium is located inside the Kent State University Museum at 515 Hilltop Drive, at the corner of East Main and South Lincoln streets on university’s Kent Campus. Free parking is available.

Directed by Marla Berg, scenes from “The Magic Flute” will be performed by two different casts, including faculty members Melissa Davis as Pamina and Jay White as the Third Spirit. Musical direction will be provided by White and Kiki Kilburn will conduct with assistance from Alex Popovici. Special guest Bill O’Connell, radio host of WCLV’s 4-7 p.m. shows “Drive Time” and “Dinner Classics,” will narrate. Pianist Chen Geng will accompany the production.

Scenes from the “The Magic Flute are being performed as part of the Kent State University Museum’s exhibit “Magical Designs for Mozart’s ‘Magic Flute’ ” featuring costumes and theatrical designs inspired by the opera. Opening night for both the opera and the exhibit is Nov. 4 and will include a dessert reception. Guests may view the exhibit before and after the performance. Tickets for opening night are $30. The exhibit runs now through Jan. 8, 2017. For more details about the exhibit, visit

An event centered around the opera and exhibit that includes a panel discussion will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 12:05 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall.

Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday performances are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty and staff; $10 for groups of 10 or more patrons; $8 for non-Kent State students who are not eligible for the Fee-for-Free; and free for full-time, Kent Campus undergraduate students. Also, thanks to a generous donation from a longtime supporter and patron of Kent State’s Hugh A. Glauser School of Music, anyone 18 and under can attend the concerts for free, although a ticket must be reserved.

Tickets are available weekdays 12-5 p.m. at the Performing Arts Box Office, located in the lobby of the Roe Green Center in the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive on the Kent Campus. The Performing Arts Box Office accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in addition to cash and checks.

Tickets will be available at Murphy Auditorium one hour prior to the performance for walk-up sales, however, patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to avoid long lines. Tickets and more information are available by calling 330-672-ARTS (2787).

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