A small and ambitious opera company, Center Stage Opera, was founded in 2005 in San Fernando Valley. With its own orchestra and a growing fan base that frequently sell out at each performance, Center Stage Opera has been building a reputation for daring and inventive stagings of classic operas featuring young and talented soloists. CSO’s opera performances take place at the Madrid Theater in Canoga Park, and are led by CSO Music Director and Principal Conductor, Brian Onderdonk and staged by CSO’s Artistic Director and Founder, Dylan F. Thomas.
This weekend, Center Stage Opera will be performing Mozart’s beloved masterpiece, The Magic Flute for three performances: this Saturday Sept. 7th, and Sunday, Sept 8th and next weekend on Sunday, Sept 15th, 2013 at the Madrid Theater at Canoga Park. (See performance times below).
CSO’s Artistic Director of the company, Dylan F. Thomas’ new production will update Mozart’s 18th century fantasy to a 21st century cartoon landscape. According to a recent press release from Center Stage Opera this production “takes our hero, Tamino, on a journey into a cartoon-like world, where he meets magical spirits and beings, including the fearsome Queen of the Night, and finds true love.”
Though this production concept may not appeal to the more traditionally minded opera lovers, this approach may make the opera’s story with it’s fairytale aspect elaborating on deeper issues such as good and evil, love and duty, marriage and romance, become more accessible to younger viewers.
Ticket prices are reasonable and the cast includes some of CSO’s regular leading artists along with Metropolitan Opera tenor Rodel Rosel singing the role of Prince Tamino, (Sept 15 only).
CENTER STAGE CAST FOR MOZART’S OPERA “THEMAGIC FLUTE”
Rodell Rosel (Sep 15)
Justin John Moniz (Sep 7 & 8)
Shira Renee Thomas (Sep 7 & 15)
Sashell Beck (Sep 8)
QUEEN OF THE
Christine Capsuto (Sep 7 & 15)
Katherine Jesensky (Sep 8)
Brooke deRosa (Sep 7 & 15)
Leigh Folta (Sep 8)
Anthony Whitson Martini
APPROXIMATE RUN TIME
2 hours 30 minutes with 1 intermission
Sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles projected above the stage.
Performances are Saturday Sept. 7, at 7:30 pm
Sunday afternoons, Sept. 8 and 15, at 3 pm,
Where: The Madrid Theatre, 21622 Sherman Way in Canoga Park.
Tickets are $30, $35 and $40, with discounts for seniors, students and groups. For tickets and further information, go to www.centerstageopera.org or call 818-517-4102.