Merola Opera Program to Stage ‘Die Zauberflöte’

By Francisco Salazar
Merola Opera Program is set to present a fully staged production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte.”

The production will be conducted by Kelly Kuo, Associate Director of American Lyric Theatre and Music Director of the Reno Chamber Orchestra. Director Gina Lapinski directs this production, bringing the work’s colorful characters to life and will feature costumes created by Dame Zandra Rhodes for San Diego Opera, in a vivid setting brought to life with projections by designer Ian Winters, enhancing the setting by designer Stephen D. Mazzeno.

The young artists featured in “Die Zauberflöte” include: soprano Chelsea Lehnea as Pamina, tenor Sahel Salam as Tamino, baritone Scott Lee as Papageno, bass Edwin Jhamaal Davis as Sarastro, soprano Maggie Kinabrew as the Queen of the Night, tenor Chance Jonas-O’Toole as Monostatos, soprano Adia Evans as the First Lady, mezzo-soprano Erin Wagner as the Second Lady, mezzo-soprano Veena Akama Makia as the Third Lady, bass-baritone Le Bu as the Speaker, soprano Ashley Marie Robillard as Papagena, soprano Olivia Prendergast as the First Spirit, countertenor Cody Bowers as the Second Spirit, mezzo-soprano Maggie Reneé as the Third Spirit, tenor Daniel Luis Espinal as the First Priest, baritone Andres Cascante as the Second Priest, tenor Moisés Salazar as the First Armored Man, and bass-baritone Seungyun Kim as the Second Armored Man

“Die Zauberflöte” will be presented on August 4 and August 6 at the Blue Shield of California Theatre.

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