Mozart’s music makes magic: Music Department presents first full opera

With music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, “The Magic Flute” offers something for everyone. “It’s one of my favorite operas,” said Dr. Jennifer Glidden. Glidden directed the music department’s first full opera, embracing the traditional Egyptian theme complete with pyramids, the Queen of the Night and animals indigenous to Egypt in the form of puppets designed by theatre alumna Bree Burns.

“We used fabric to represent fire and water,” said Glidden.

She continued, “We used fog machines and pyrotechnics. There’s something for all ages!” The cast also performed two children’s shows, presenting a shortened version of the show for over 1,000 elementary students, some of whom got the opportunity to sing onstage with the cast.