An Opera Like No Other: Mozart's 'Magic Flute' Graces the Ithaca College Theatre Stage

ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College Theatre, in its annual collaboration with the Ithaca College School of Music, will present one of the world’s most beloved operas, “The Magic Flute.” Performances will run in the Hoerner Theatre in Dillingham Center on Feb. 22, 24, 28, March 1, and March 3 at 8 p.m. and on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices for “The Magic Flute” range from $5.50 to $11 and are on sale at all Ticket Center outlets, including Ticket Center Ithaca on the Commons and the Dillingham Center box office, which opens on February 13. Call (607) 273-4497, (607) 274-3224 or visit

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Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” follows the journey of Tamino, a handsome prince, and Papageno, a lively bird catcher, in their search for love. Tamino falls head over heels for Pamina, the evil Queen’s daughter, who is imprisoned by Sarastro, the leader of the Temple. In order for Tamino to free his newfound love, Sarastro challenges Tamino and Papageno through a series of trials to prove their worthiness. A timeless opera of betrayal, compassion and instant love, “The Magic Flute” explores man’s struggle to attain wisdom and virtue.

“All operas by Mozart center on the characters and the tunes, and ‘The Magic Flute’ is the best of Mozart’s operas,” says Brian DeMaris, assistant professor of music performance and conductor of this production. “It has the best characters, the best tunes that are now popular songs on their own, and is essentially a musical, with dialogue and breaks in the music, unlike most other operas.”

With a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder and translated by Ruth and Thomas Martin, this production will be in both English and German with dialogue adapted by David Lefkowich, Ithaca College lecturer in performance studies and director of this production. “It's the most common, most traditional, most well known opera,” said Lefkowich, when asked why he chose “The Magic Flute” as this year’s annual opera. “I was the assistant director of ‘The Magic Flute’ at the Met Opera with Julie Taymor, and I've done many other productions. Brian [DeMaris] has also done a ton of productions on his own, but we have never been able to work together on this opera, which was one of the main reasons we wanted to bring it to the stage this year.”

In addition to Lefkowich as director and DeMaris as conductor, the production is designed by Tyler Perry ’12 (scenic), associate professor of theatre arts Greg Robbins (costumes) and associate professor and associate chair of theatre arts Steve TenEyck (lighting). Jen Shaw ’12 is the stage manager; Paula Clarkson ’13 and Emma McFarland ’14 as the dramaturgs; and Heather Klausner ’12 as the technical director. Assistants include Sara Stevens ’13 and Jon Hamel ’13 in directing and Maxwell Robin ’14 in lighting design.

The cast of “The Magic Flute” include Lauren Barchi ’12, Jessica Bennett ’12, Taylor Braggins ’12, Katherine Cacciola ’12, Elizabeth Calabro ’13, Alex Canovas ’12, Janine Colletti ’13, Chris D’Amico ’14, Emily DeMarzio ’13, Jenna Fishback ’13, Eric Flyte ’14, Kevin Fortin ’13, Joseph Fritz ’14, Shaylyn Gibson ’13, Jaime Guyon ’13, Alexandra Haines ’13, Nick Harmantzis ’12, Steve Humes ’12, Adiza Jibril ’13, David Klodowski ’14, Molly Korroch ’13, Michael Lewis ’13, Jennifer Matthews ’13, Nathan Murphy ’12, Rachel Ozols ’15, Travis Pilsits ’13, Jeremy Pletter ’14, Nick Reynolds ’12, Hannah Richter ’14, Thomas Riley ’13, Zohaniris Rosado ’13, Miriam Schildkret ’12, Skyler Schlenker ’13, Ana Strachan ’12, Stephen Wilkins ’12, Wenhui Xu ’13, Mengchun Yang ’13, Adam Zimmer ’13 and Ted Zimnicki ’12.

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Dillingham Center accommodates all patrons. Individuals with special needs are asked to contact (607) 274-3224 to request accommodations as soon as possible.