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Westminster Choir College's CoOPERAtive Program Presents Mozart's Die Zauberflöte January 18 - 21

PRINCETON, N.J. (January 4, 2018) – Alumni of the Westminster Choir College CoOPERAtive Program will perform Mozart's fairy tale opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) Thursday, January 18 through Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 21 at 2 p.m. in the Robert L. Annis Playhouse on the Westminster campus in Princeton.  The staged production will be performed with piano accompaniment and sung in German with English dialogue.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students.

This magical tale brings us Prince Tamino and Pamina, young lovers caught in a battle between darkness and light.  With the help of Papageno the bird catcher and three spirits guiding the way, love and truth triumph over all.  Originally written for popular theater, Die Zauberflöte speaks to audiences of all ages.  Thomas Bagwell conducts and James Kenon Mitchell directs.  The cast is composed of alumni of Westminster's CoOPERAtive summer opera training program.

The CoOPERAtive Program is a three-week intensive program with private coaching, focusing on operatic style, performance techniques, dramatic presentation, language and diction, body awareness, resumé and application advice.  Directed by Westminster voice faculty members Laura Brooks Rice and Eric Rieger, the CoOPERAtive Program is presented in cooperation and consultation with professionals in the field of opera.  Alumni are performing with young artist programs throughout the United States and in opera companies here and abroad.

Conductor Thomas Bagwell is a well-known collaborative pianist, and he has accompanied such singers as Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Roberta Peters, Denyce Graves, Andrea Rost, Ying Huang, James Morris and Richard Leech.  Mr. Bagwell is a CoOPERAtive faculty member, and he serves as assistant conductor for the Metropolitan Opera.  He is also on faculty at Mannes School of Music at the New School.

James Kenon Mitchell spent three summers at the CoOPERAtive Program and was the program's first young artist dramatic coach.  Mitchell is currently in his second year as visiting assistant professor and interim head of opera theatre at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.  In the 2015/16 season he led performances of Porter's Kiss Me Kate, Weill's The Seven Deadly Sins, Hindemith's Hin und Zurück and Menotti's The Medium.  He also served as music director for WVU Opera on Wheels' touring outreach production of Edward Barnes' Mystery on the Docks.

Tickets can be purchased at the door, through the box office at 609-921-2663, or online at www.rider.edu/arts.  All proceeds from these performances will benefit the Westminster CoOPERAtive Program. 
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