Backstage at Utah Opera

The Magic Flute’s Beautiful and Unusual Set

Posted by Opera Gal in Sets

The cast for The Magic Flute is currently rehearsing in our black box, before they move into Capitol Theatre next week. Usually what happens for rehearsal is the space of the Capitol Theatre stage and the scenery pieces are marked on the floor in tape,…

Luke Howard Biography

Posted by Opera Gal in Program Notes

Dr. Howard began his formal music studies in Sydney, Australia, where he received the Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in piano.  He then earned a Master of Arts in Musicology from BYU in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University…

Symbolism, Themes, and Criticisms

Posted by Luke Howard in Program Notes

It’s not easy to tease out the symbolism and themes of The Magic Flute in their entirety because they will resonate differently with each viewer. They are interconnected, complex, and dependent on context and individual experience for their interpretations. But some overarching themes do rise…

Background to The Magic Flute

Posted by Luke Howard in Program Notes

Few composers have made such a pronounced impact on the development of opera as Mozart. Like his older colleague Christoph Gluck (1714-87), Mozart understood that by the mid-18th century the traditions of opera inherited from the baroque had become stale and stilted. By applying many…