Mozart, Martina- Magic!
A performance of Mozart’s eternally fresh singspiel, “Die Zauberflöte” ( “The Magic Flute” ), in the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College last Tuesday evening proved the reverse is also true: You don’t know what you’ve missed till it’s back.
If you had seen only the Metropolitan Opera’s family condensation of “Zauberflöte” during recent seasons, you could be repeatedly jolted by details nearly forgotten: a tuneful duet here, a bit of brotherly misogyny there. This version featured the earnest and talented participants in Prelude to Performance, a professional-development program founded in 2003 by the renowned American soprano Martina Arroyo.
Last month Ms. Arroyo was named a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Opera Honors award, both for her stellar stage career and for nurturing young singers through her Martina Arroyo Foundation, which runs Prelude to Performance. Tuesday’s event was the second of three full-length “Zauberflöte” performances with largely different casts, presented in alternation with a comic double bill of Donizetti’s “Rita” and Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi.” Get the rest of this review from New York Times reviewer, Steve Smith: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/15/arts/music/15flute.html?_r=1