Sept. 15-16: Augustana Community in 'The Magic Flute'
Sounds of South Dakota is bringing Mozart's world-renowned opera, The Magic Flute, to the Mary Sommervold Great Hall of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. This 10th anniversary production will feature revered Operatic Interpreter and Performer Samuel Ramey for the very first time in the role of Sarastro. The performance will also include emerging young artists, Sioux Falls natives and recent Augustana alumni, Eric Wassenaar '10 and Alyssa Nance '08 — along with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Delta David Gier, and staged/directed by Dr. Lisa Grevlos '87 and associate professor of music at Augustana. Dr. Grevlos was a founding member of Sounds of South Dakota, Inc. in 2003 and has served as its president for the past five years.
This production marks the first time a local opera company has produced a fully-staged and costumed opera in the Washington Pavilion with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra. Sounds of South Dakota's mission continues to celebrate the accomplishments of South Dakota-connected professional vocalists, to acquaint South Dakota citizens to these professional artists, and to foster an awareness of and enthusiasm for opera and musical theatre.
Samuel Ramey has been a fixture at the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, the Paris Opera, Royal Opera House at Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York City Opera, and the San Francisco Opera.
Other members of the Augustana community on the cast list include:
- Stacey Stofferahn-Uthe '90, Lady
- Dr. Monty Barnard, Priest
- Maren Engel '13, Spirit
- Hannah Patzer '12, Spirit
- Kyle Muhlenbeck '13, Slave
- Ben Winkler '13, Slave
- Dr. Russell Svenningsen, Man in Armor
- Tyler Wasberg '12, Man in Armor
- Deanna Wehrspann '80, Rehearsal Accompanist and Super Title operator
- RJ Fitzsimmons, Technical Director
- Jennifer Shouse-Klassen, Costume and Make-Up Design
Tickets are on sale now through the Washington Pavilion.