Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra collaborated with the Milwaukee
Children's Choir on a unique double bill featuring Act I from Mozart's The Magic Flute and Puccini's Sister Angelica on February 27 and 28,
2015 in UWM's Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts.
The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) was Mozart's last opera, and has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1791. Act I introduces the two male protagonists, the handsome Prince Tamino (Jacob Baker) and the feathered Papageno (Daniel Ellis) who journey together to rescue the Queen of the Night's daughter, Pamina (Kaytlyn Johnson), with the help of the Three Ladies of the Queen (Jennifer Hansen, Marissa Waraksa and Jackie Willis). The beloved "Queen of the Night" aria was sung by Shallece Peters Stewart; Papagena by Tiana Sorenson; Monostatos by Jorge Quintero.
Sister Angelica (Suor Angelica) is the tragic tale of an aristocrat who is sent to a convent as penance for her teenage pregnancy. This one-act opera, which premiered in 1918, is set in an Italian convent and has a cast of, naturally, all women. The title role of Sister Angelica was double cast by sopranos Kelly Behling (Friday, Feb. 27) and Kathryn Henry (Saturday Feb. 28). Kathryn Henry was one of five winners of the 2014 WI District Met Opera Auditions and the First Place National Winner of the 2014 NATS Upper College Women's Division.
The role of The Princess (Angelica's aunt) was performed by UWM Alumna, Lauren Decker, also a 2014 WI District Met Opera Audition winner. Members of the Milwaukee Children’s Choir, directed by Marco Melendez, joined the University cast in both operas. This year's production follows 2014's successful partnership with the Milwaukee Opera Theatre and UWM's Dance Department of Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges.
Photography by Daniel Koplitz