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Purchase Opera Presents Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Apr. 22-25

Date Released: 3/25/2010

Jacque Trussel directs and Hugh Murphy conducts Mozart's most loved opera of adventure & romance filled with colorful characters. Performing Arts Center.

The award winning Purchase Opera will present Mozart’s timeless classic “The Magic Flute” at the Performing Arts Center April 22-25.


Tickets are $20.  Box Office is 914-251-6200 or online at


Performance times are April 22, 23 & 24 at 8 PM and April 25 at 2 PM.


“Considered perhaps the greatest and most loved operas of all time this enduring masterpiece by Mozart was first presented by the Purchase Opera ten years ago,” said Jacque Trussel head of Voice and Opera Studies at Purchase.  


Mozart’s magical tale is filled with adventures, romance, and colorful characters. Composed in 1791, it lays out Mozart’s philosophy of life in with valor and wit. Tamino, with a magic flute, sets out on a quest to save his love the fair Pamina, and is accompanied by the rollicking avian jester Papagano and three spirits to guide them. They overcome many obstacles and defeat the Queen of the Night.  Much of the mystical symbolism in the opera is derived from the traditions of Freemasonry.


The opera is in two acts and is presented as a “singspiel” or musical comedy including both singing and spoken dialogue. 

This new production directed by Jacque Trussel includes the Purchase Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hugh Murphy with set and costume designs by members of the Purchase Design and Technology program.    “The opera will be presented in German with English subtitles including the charming English dialogue of W.H. Auden,” said Trussel. “It will be a magical evening for everyone.”


The stage manager is Jennifer Levine.  The production includes double casting.


Leading performers include:

Tamino: by Josh Benevento, Brister Hay, and Chris  Colmenero

Pamina:  by Liana Guberman

Pagagano:  by Anthony Caputo, Daniel Heo and Kevin Dilone

Queen: Molly Davy and Kelli Butler


“The Magic Flute” follows in the footsteps of recent Best Opera of the Year Awards presented to Purchase by the National Opera Association,” said Trussel.


“Purchase has just received its fifth annual National Opera Association Award for its 2009 production of Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” “Gianni Schicchi,” and the world premiere of a one-act opera “Confession” by recent Purchase graduate Raphael Lucas,” said Trussel.  The Libretto for “Confession” was produced by Professor Margaret Vignola and Jacque Trussel.



Other cast members include:


First  Lady: Savannah Bisset, and Taylor Kirk


Second Lady: Emily Klavun and Jasmine Thomas


Third Lady: Nadine Kulberg and Ilene Pabon


Monostatos: Marcos Cuevas, Brister Hay


Sarastro: Said Pressley, and Roman Laba


Papagena: Samantha Kelly, and Holly Hare


First Spirit/Squirmy: Isabella Bendik, and Alyssa Meyers


Second Spirit/Squirmy: Sofia Sarkisian, and Katharine Steffens


Third Spirit/Squirmy: Angelique Alexander and Jamie Lee Page


Fourth Squirmy: Candace Matthews


First Priest: Colin Whiteman, and Jeremy Geller


Second Priest: Christopher Sokolowski, and Christopher Melecio


Speaker/High Priest: Roman Laba, Daniel Heo, and Kevin Dilone


Other Priests: Yakov Agaroov, Tyler Coughlin, Dan Curran, Dan Fields, Zack Lemmon, Francisco Corredor, Jacob Louchheim, Ethan Ofer-Moran


Slaves: Yakov Agaroov, Tyler Coughlin, Dan Curran, Dan Fields, Zack Lemmon, Ethan Ofer-Moran


First Armored Men: Jorge Corredor, Chris Colmenero

Second Armored Men: Jacob Loucheim, Colin Whiteman


Offstage Chorus: Teresa Hitchcock, Jennifer Serpliss, Lauren Yokabaskas, Candace Matthews, Anna McTiernan, Kelly Anne Clarke, Jennifer Adler, Brittany Sojkolowski, Maggie Adams.


Director Jacque Trussel is Chair of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies at the Purchase School of the Arts Conservatory of Music.  He is an internationally renowned tenor who has performed over 80 leading roles with more than 50 opera companies throughout the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala and L’Opera Bastille in Paris, among others.  His Grammy nominated solo CD Sounds and Sweet Airs, was released to great reviews.  He was named Stage Director of the year by Classical Singer magazine for 2005 and led the Purchase Opera to several national awards for Best Production.


Hugh Murphy has been Conductor and Music Director of the Purchase Opera since 1999.  Productions under his baton have won first place in the national Opera Association’s Opera Productions Competition for several years and have been favorably reviewed in Opera News magazine.


He prepares professional singers for their performances with major orchestras and opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and others.  A Professor of Music at Purchase College, he coaches voice students and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in German and French Art Song, Operatic Literature and Styles.