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Role of First Lady in W.A. Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte Fantini, Maria-Cristina 2004

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ROLE OF FIRST L A D Y IN W.A.. MOZART 'S DIE ZAUBERFLOTE by MARIA-CRISTINA FANTINI B.F.A. York University, 2002 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE F A C U L T Y OF G R A D U A T E STUDIES (School of Music) We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA April 2004 Library Authorization In presenting this thesis in partial fulfillment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my written permission. Name of Author (please print) Date (dd/mm/yyyy) Title of Thesis: ftp k Q £ L * ^ i ~ U J . / U f l o ^ Degree: Y I W W p£->QfWvC (t>pg^ y Te^-^rvrw^Year. ^QQ 4 • Department of f f W v c The University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC Canada A B S T R A C T Maria-Cristina Fantini A p r i l 2004 The thesis for the Master o f M u s i c degree in Opera Performance consists o f the performance o f a major role in one ful l opera product ion in the first or second year. I performed the role o f First Lady in Moza r t ' s Die Zauberflote on December 12 t h and 14 t h , 2003. The Chan Centre and U B C Opera present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's C^3fe (^auberfldte Featuring the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra Nancy Hermiston, Director Richard Epp, Conductor December 10, 12, 13, 2003, 8pm December 14, 2003, 3pm Act One Prince Tamino is fleeing from a dragon and faints in terror. The dragon is then killed by the Three Ladies, attendants of the Queen of the Night. When Tamino awakes, the Three Ladies have disappeared. The sound of panpipes announces the arrival of the bird catcher Papageno. He claims that it was he who killed the dragon. The Three Ladies reappear, padlock Papageno's mouth as punishment for lying, and present Tamino with a portrait of the Queen's daughter, Pamina. Tamino falls instantly in love with her. The Queen herself appears and urges Tamino to rescue her daughter from the wicked Sarastro, who is holding her captive. The reluctant Papageno is ordered to accompany Tamino. The Three Ladies give Tamino a magic flute and Papageno a chime of magic bells to guard them against dangers. The Three Spirits will guide and protect them. In Sarastro's palace, Pamina has failed in an attempt to escape. Monostatos, a servant of Sarastro, has recaptured her. Papageno has found his way into the palace, where he comes face to face with Monostatos. Equally terrified by the sight of one another, they flee. Papageno returns, recognizes Pamina and tells her that Tamino has been sent to rescue her. The Three Spirits lead Tamino into the temple, where he learns from the Speaker that Sarastro is no tyrant, as the Queen had maintained, but a man of wisdom. Voices from the temple reassure Tamino that Pamina is alive. In joyful anticipation, Tamino plays on his magic flute. Wild beasts arrive. Papageno and Pamina hear the flute and set off to find Tamino. Monastatos and his slaves try to recapture the fleeing pair, but Papageno remembers his magic bells and their captors dance harmlessly away. A fanfare announces the arrival of Sarastro. Pamina confesses to him that she was running away from Monostatos, to which Sarastro replies that the only reason he is holding her captive is tO'keep her from her mother's malign influence. Tamino is brought in as a captive by Monostatos. Pamina and Tamino recognise and embrace each other. Monostatos demands that they be punished, but Sarastro sends them away to be purified before undergoing trials of initiation, and Monostatos is punished in their place. Art Two Sarastro announces to the assembled priests that Tamino wishes admission to their order. The gods have decreed that Pamina and Tamino are destined for each other, but first they must undergo trials. Two priests impose a vow of silence on Tamino and Papageno. The Three Ladies appear and try to lure them back to the Queen. Tamino and Papageno resist and the Ladies are banished by voices from within the temple. In Sarastro's palace, Monostatos finds Pamina sleeping and desires to kiss her. The Queen of the Night arrives. She gives Pamina a knife and orders her to kill Sarastro. Swearing vengence, the Queen disappears. Monostatos has overheard everything and offers to carry out the deed himself if Pamina repays him with her love. When she rejects Monostatos, he tries to kill her. Sarastro intervenes and comforts Pamina. The ordeals continue. Papageno is confronted by an old woman who claims that she is his beloved, much to Papageno's amusement. She disappears and the Three Spirits arrive, returning the magic flute and bells to Tamino and Papageno, as well as bringing them food and drink. Tamino plays on the flute, which is heard by Pamina, who rushes in joyously. Remembering his vow of silence, Tamino refuses to speak to her. Pamina misinterprets Tamino's silence, falls into despair and prepares to take her own life. Sarastro sends Tamino away to procede with his initiation. He and Pamina are commanded to bid each other a last farewell. Grief-stricken, Pamina tries to kill herself. The Three Spirits appear and reassure her that Tamino's love is true. A priest informs Papageno that he has been denied intiation. Papageno, content to drink and be merry, expresses no regret. He receives another visit from the old woman and, under threat of imprisonment, agrees to be faithful to her. At that moment she reveals herself to be Papagena: the woman of his dreams. Unfortunately, she is hurried away by a priest before Papageno can embrace her. Two armed guards stand at the entrance to the trials. Tamino is at last joined by Pamina. She takes his hand, tells him to play the flute, and leads him through the gates. Protected by the magic flute, they pass safely through the trials of fire and water. Papageno, lamenting the loss of Papagena, is about to hang himself. The Three Spirits interrupt him and tell him that he can summon his beloved with his magic bells. Papagena reappears. Monastatos has joined the Queen of the Night and the Three Ladies in a final attempt to undermine Sarastro. Their power, however, is broken and thunder and lightning hurl them into darkness. Tamino and Pamina are welcomed into the Temple of the Sun, and the forces of good celebrate their triumph, while Papageno and Papagena experience the joys of family life. The Cast in order of appearance Tamino First Lady Understudy Second Lady Understudy Third Lady Understudy Papageno Papagena Queen of the Night Monostatos Pamina First Spirit Second Spirit Third Spirit Understudy Speaker Sarastro First Priest Second Priest First Guard Second Guard December 10 & 13 John Arsenault* December 10, 12 & 13 Gina McLellan Michelle Keobke Dionne Sellinger Whitney Sloan Rose-Ellen Nichols Leah Field Todd Delaney Katie May Shauna Martin Stephen Bell December 10 & 12 Neema Bickersteth Teiya Kasahara Lucy Smith Megan Morrison December 10, 12 & 13 Kathleen Susak Andrew Jameson Justin Welsh* Riley McMitchell Kevin Lee Craig Johnson December 10 & 12 David English December 12 & 14 Stephen Bell December 14 Maria Cristina Fantini Katherine Landry Heidi Wood Erinn Roberts Michael Mori Jennifer Farrell Brooke Harris Craig Johnson December 13 & 14 Alison Nystrom Christina Avril Evie Vassilakakis Sandra Stringer* December 14 Brent Calis Andrew Stewart David English Brian Lee John Marino December 13 & 14 John Hales * appearing courtesy of Canadian Actor's Equity Association The Oiorus Jessica Bowes Mike Broder DJ Calhoun Brent Calis Emily Cheung John Conlon Russell Cripps Darrell Croft David English Cory Esaryk Leah Field Erin Fisher Bird Ladies <St Ere and Water Emily Cheung Erin Fisher Nancy Hasiuk Alison Hirst Melanie McTaggart Mimi Miller John Hales Nancy Hasiuk Alison Hirst Andrew Jameson Craig Johnson Bryn Jones Brian Lee Kevin Lee Margo LeVae Kevin Louden Riley McMitchell Slaves Darrell Croft Cory Esaryk David English Kevin Lee Kevin Louden David Mitten John Marino Paula McNeil MelanieMcTaggart Mimi Miller David Mitten John Marino Erinn Roberts Whitney Sloan Andrew Stewart Iain Taylor Anna Whelan Diana Oros Wilder Wild Animals Jessica Bowes Erin Fisher Margo LeVae Anna Whelan Monster Jessica Bowes Anna Whelan Papageno and Papagena's children Melody Cheung Natalie Fujisawa Valerie Chong Nicole Fujisawa Jessica Dorfman Sophie Harvey Many thanks to all the parents UBC Opera Ensemble Professor Nancy Hermiston and the U B C Opera Ensemble completed a successful tour to the Czech Republic and Ontario this past summer. Professor Hermiston directed a remount of the 2002 production of Massenet's Manon with the Ensemble in Usti nad Labem. In addition, the U B C Ensemble performed Mozart's Die Zauberflote with the Usti Theatre. Both productions will be seen in the Chan Centre this season. Mr. Norbert Baxa, the conductor for the two productions, as well as last year's conductor of The Bartered Bride, will return to lead Manon with renowned Czech tenor Ales Briscein. While in Europe, the U B C Ensemble also appeared in several different concerts with the Teplice Symphony. As a special ending to their tour, they stopped off in Ontario where they performed at the Westben Arts Festival. There they presented Lehar's The Merry Widow. In addition, they sang a concert of operatic excerpts and toured several elementary schools with their children's show Opera Night in Canada. Graduates of the U B C Opera Ensemble will be touring Saskatchewan in October and November with this children's show. The U B C Opera Ensemble's performances in Ontario were so successful that they have been invited back to present Die Zauberflote in the 2004 season. Professor Hermiston will be directing both Die Zauberflote and Manon at UBC, and will travel to Regina, Saskatchewan to direct Rossini's La Cenerentola for Opera Saskatchewan in February before joining the Vancouver Opera to direct their production of Verdi's La Traviata in May. The UBC Opera Ensemble will return to Usti in June of 2004 to mount a production of La Boheme, which Professor Hermiston will direct, as well as a remount of the Usti production of Eugene Onegin, lead by Czech director Martin Otava. The Orchestra Concert Master Cello Bassoon Etsuo Saito* Philip Downey Patricia Keen Zoe Druick Ward Hunting* First Violin Ulrike Gebien Karina Abe Beverly Hunter Trumpet Erin Adams Pat Laimon Kathleen Bowles* David Brownstein Sharon Norman Hitoshi Ishizaka Jim Dery Annelies Reeves Paul McEwen Barbara Dominik Mary Szendry Maria Horvath Jessica Werb* Horn Fred Kabok Lyle Hillaby Barry Pierce Bass Maureen Hole Michael She Keith Ellis Marianne Plenert* Cheryl Shizgal Hendrik Greidanus* Mariel Lavieri Steve Woodside Second Violin Trombone Rodney Blackwell Flute Rod Ellard Gayane Bobloyan Sue Banning* James Marcia* Joan Carne* Ruth Cornish Oliver Sterczyk David Clark Janet Measday Shirley Dunfield Bass Trombone Patrick Ernst Piccolo Carrie Chapman Reita Goldberg Sue Banning Laura Grant Ruth Cornish Timpani Barbara Paterson Oboe William Pan Viola Cheryl Northcott Celeste Amy Grobb Ron Schubank* Donna Falconer Jennifer Montgomery* Deirdre Rogers Clarinet Gillian Taylor ,. Cathy McCashin Janine Oye* Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this season, the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra is a community orchestra offering five concerts a year. The orchestra provides an opportunity for serious amateur musicians to study and perform in the stimulating environment of a full symphony. The orchestra currently works under the baton of visiting conductor Juan Castelao. We are proud to perform again with the U B C Opera Ensemble. Please join us for our upcoming concerts in 2004. The February 21 s t concert will feature soprano Rosalind Beale-Dala in a composition by Cameron Wilson, commissioned by the orchestra in memory of Wallace Leung, our Music Director from 1996-2002. Dvorak's 6th Symphony willalso be performed. On April 3rd, we will present Schubert's 5 th Symphony and Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto with soloist, Paul Luchkow. The concert May 29th will end our season with the "Linz" symphony by Mozart and cellish Carina Reeves, perfoming the Elgar Cello Concerto. These concerts will all be at Shaughnessy Heights United Church, 1550 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver. For more information call (604) 878 9989, or check our website at www, vox, be. ca./vpo The Production Team Director Nancy Hermiston Assistant Stage Managers Rosemary Morgan Johnathan Winsby Costumes Parven Mirhady Robert Prince Wigs & Hair Elke Englicht Makeup Carmen Garcia Nei Volrich Repetiteurs David Boothroyd Richard Epp Donna Falconer Michael Onwood Lucas Wong Conductor Richard Epp Set Designer Erin A. Harris Properties Valerie Moffatt Thunder Johnathan Winsby ProductionAssistants Stephen Bell Krzysztof Biernacki John Conlon Darrell Croft David English Caroline Harder Dustin Hiles Andrew Jameson' Megan Morrison Publicity Laurie Townsend Justin Welsh Stage Manager Alishia Harris Lighting Designer Jeremy Baxter Lighting Operator Gillian Walpert Surtitles Lucas Wong Front of House Jennifer Farrell Katie May Whitney Sloan Heidi Wood Headshots and Bios Jessica Bowes Russell Cripps David English Anna Whelan Program Megan Morrison Please join us for our upcoming performances: Opera Tea Sunday February 1, 2004 2 pm U B C @ Robson Square $17/$12 Call (604) 822-5574 to reserve Massenet's Manon A co-production with UBC Theatre sung in French with English surtitles March 4, 5, 6, 2004 8 pm March 7, 2004 3 pm The Chan Centre $20 adults / $14 students and seniors Tickets available at ticketmaster (604) 280-3311, on-line at www.ticlcetmaster.ca, or in person at the Chan Centre Ticket Office. Special Thanks The David Spencer Endownment Encouragement Fund, the Chan family, the U B C School of Music and staff, the Chan Centre staff and crew, Frederic Wood Theatre, Janet Bickford, lan Pratt, Lynn Burton, the Vancouver Opera Association, the Vancouver Opera Guild, , Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, the Friends of the U B C Opera Ensemble, Jesse Read, Cameron McGill , Sang Tae Kim, Richard Elsom (thanks for the Honk set), Phyllis Grant Lavelle, Jane Macdonald Wall, and JYT Express Print and Copy Centre. Gene Ramsbottom for all his help in this year's productions The Koerner Foundation This production was made possible by the generous assistance from the following: m j | Briij.imin A A Moored PAINTS fear and Shafique Shivji Q ^ r wandeln durch des T^enes OMaeht fwh durch des ^odes dustre cHacht. G&b walk bp the power ofmusic through death's dark night. Qf&piel du die Zauberflote an, sie schutze uns aufunser C&ahn. ^Slap now upon pour magic flute, it will protect us on our wop. 

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