The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart
Joseph Mechavich, Conductor | Daniel Witzke, Director
Maureen McKay, Pamina | Jonathan Boyd, Tamino
Daniel Belcher, Papageno | So Young Park, Queen of the Night
Camille Jasensky, Papagena |Harold Wilson, Sarastro
Joseph Gaines, Monostatos
Journey into a storybook fantasy with Opera Colorado’s new production of The Magic Flute. Telling an adventurous tale in which the characters face the difficult choice between good and evil in order to reach a place of enlightenment that allows them to realize their dreams. Combining traditional sets with video projection technology brings to life this dream world in which fantasy and real life choices collide, offering a fresh, new look at Mozart’s classic opera.
“Armed with a silvery, precisely aimed voice, natural stage presence and the kind of beautifully detailed acting you don’t see often enough on the operatic stage, McKay turned in a smart, sexy and thoroughly charming performance.” – WASHINGTON POST
Sung in German with English and Spanish subtitles at every seat.
The 2014-2015 Season is sponsored by Ken and Donna Barrow.
Meet The Artists
Joseph Mechavich* | Conductor
Joseph Mechavich is known for the exceptional artistry and infectious energy which he brings to performances, as well as the personal and career-defining relationships he has forged with several opera companies and orchestras. Mechavich presided over Jake Heggie’s highly acclaimed opera, Moby Dick, for both San Diego Opera and Calgary Opera, as well as productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia for the Washington National Opera, Porgy and Bessfor Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Roméo et Juliette for Florida Grand Opera. Engagements during 2014-15 included Nixon in China for San Diego Opera, Silent Night for Calgary Opera, Wuthering Heights (Floyd) for Florentine Opera as well as A Streetcar Named Desire and Fidelio for Kentucky Opera. His 2015-16 season includes Macbeth and Showboat (Kentucky Opera), Turandot (Nashville Opera), Florencia en el Amazonas (Arizona Opera) and Great Scott (Heggie) (San Diego Diego Opera). In 2010, Mechavich was named Principal Conductor of Kentucky Opera.
Daniel Witzke* | Director
German stage director Daniel J Witzke works extensively in both opera and musical theatre in Europe and the United States. He was originally trained as a professional singer and actor in Vienna, Berlin and Hamburg, pursuing a career onstage. Witzke was appointed artistic director for the original German production of Elton John’s Broadway-Hit Musical Aida. As staff director at the Wiener Staatsoper he was responsible for directing, reviving and assisting on more than 20 productions. He has directed and written fundraisers, cruise ship shows and major special events for the stage and television in the US, Europe and North Africa. He joined the directing staff of Seattle Opera for their 2012/13 season. In 2013/14 he collaborated with stage director Paul Curran on Baden-Baden 1927 for Gotham Chamber Opera in NYC. Witzke directed new productions of Don Giovanni for Opera San Jose and The Magic Flute for West Bay Opera.
Maureen McKay* | Pamina
Following performances of Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, the Washington Post hailed soprano Maureen McKay as the “undisputed star of the show,” and further exclaimed, “Armed with a silvery, precisely aimed voice, natural stage presence and the kind of beautifully detailed acting you don’t see often enough on the operatic stage, McKay turned in a smart, sexy and thoroughly charming performance.” Recent performance highlights include Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel with Bayerische Staatsoper, Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with The Cleveland Orchestra, Nannetta in Falstaff withSaito Kinen Festival, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with Washington National Opera and Komische Oper Berlin. McKay’s upcoming performances include Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress (Portland Opera), Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Edinburgh International Festival, Portland Opera, Gran Teatre del Liceu), Leïla in Les pêcheurs de perles (Seattle Opera), and a soloist in the Händel/Mozart Messias (The Danish National Symphony Orchestra).
Jonathan Boyd | Tamino (Opera Colorado Debut: Don Giovanni, 2013)
Jonathan Boyd returns to Opera Colorado after his 2013 début as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni. Recent engagements include the title roles of Werther (Scottish National Opera; Teatro Colón in Argentina), Faust (Austin Lyric Opera), Tom Rakewell (Theatre Athenee in Paris; Opera Faber in Portugal), and one of his signature roles, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte (Portland Opera; Lyric Opera of Kansas City; Opera Tampa; Michigan Opera Theater; Festival Lyrique-en-mer in France). In 2013-14 he débuted at Opera-Theatre-Metz Metropol as Anatol in Vanessa, Pittsburgh Opera as Hertebise in Glass’ Orpheé, Maggio Musicale in Florence as The Prince in L’amour des trois oranges, followed by Peter Quint in Britten’s Turn of the Screw with Théâtre du Capitole-Toulouse. Next he sings Beethoven’s 9th with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Tom Rakewell with Portland Opera and Teatro Municipal de Santiago.
Daniel Belcher | Papageno (Opera Colorado Debut: Cinderella, 2011)
Winner of a 2010 GRAMMY® Award, Daniel Belcher has performed in many of the world’s music capitals and returns to Opera Colorado following his appearance in 2013 as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. With a 50-role repertoire, Belcher has championed roles from the Baroque to those composed expressly for him. He came to international attention in 2004 creating the role of Prior Walter in Peter Eötvös’ Angels in America for the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Belcher recently created the role of Robert Kennedy in Robin de Raaff’s Waiting for Miss Monroe for his debut at The Netherlands Opera. Belcher recently made his debut with the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm, Sweden in Kaija Saariaho’s Sombre. He received a Robert Jacobson Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation for his work with Wolf Trap Opera and the Sullivan Foundation Award.
So Young Park* | Queen of the Night
A native of Pusan, South Korea, So Young Park currently is a Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist with the Los Angeles Opera, where she performed the role of the Gossip in The Ghosts of Versailles and Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro. She returns to LA Opera next season to perform the Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. This season, she made her Los Angeles Philharmonic debut as Soprano Soloist in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Maestro Gustavo Dudamel and was invited by Maestro Plácido Domingo to perform as a soloist with him for his concert in Korea. She has performed the Queen of the Night with Boston Lyric Opera, Aspen Music Festival, New England Conservatory and will perform the role with Houston Grand Opera (Miller Theater) and the Glimmerglass Festival. A former Gerdine Young Artist, future seasons bring Ms. Park to Opera Theatre of St. Louis in a major role.
Camille Jasensky* | Papagena
Camille Jasensky is a rising young star making her professional debut with Opera Colorado. A native of Tucson, Arizona, Camille is the winner of the Wieck’s Handel Competition and three consecutive National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) competitions. She attended the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, under the instruction of Kenneth Cox and Sara Bardill. There she performed the roles of Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Laurie in Oklahoma!, the soprano solo in Faure’s Requiem, Anne in The Merry Wives of Windsor scenes and Adele in Die Fledermaus scenes. She performed the role of Rapunzel from Into the Woods with Ignite Theater and the soprano solo in Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the Evans Choir. A dedicated and versatile young performer, Camille is thrilled to perform alongside this talented cast.
Harold Wilson* | Sarastro
Harold Wilson’s recent performances include debuts with Hawaii Opera as Timur in Turandot, Sarasota Opera as Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer and Dayton Opera for Ramphis in Aida and a return to the Metropolitan Opera to cover the Police Commissioner in Der Rosenkavalier. Wilson’s 2012-2013 season included his debut with Portland Opera as the Commendatore in Don Giovanni, The French General in Kevin Puts’ Pulitzer Prize winning opera Silent Night with Opera Philadelphia and returns to the Metropolitan Opera as Panthus in Les Troyens. He performed with Opera Birmingham as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Tulsa Opera for Ramphis in Aida. As a member of the Deutsche Oper Berlin for five seasons, he sang over 30 roles with the company. Upcoming engagements include a return to Carnegie Hall for Mozart’s Requiem, Sarasota Opera for Fidelio, and the Metropolitan Opera for their production of Turandot.
Joseph Gaines* | Monostatos
A highly energetic, vibrant, and extremely versatile singer and actor, tenor Joseph Gaines is known in the United States and abroad for beautifully sung and richly detailed interpretations of character roles. Gaines has been a regular guest artist at Opera Philadelphia, Pittsburgh Opera, Central City Opera, Indianapolis Opera and others. Also an in-demand concert artist, he has been a featured soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many chamber and period ensembles. Recently a guest artist at Central City Opera’s 2014 Festival for Both Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio) and Dead Man Walking (Howard Boucher), he performs regularly at Utah Opera, including last year in Turandot (Pong) and Madama Butterfly (Goro), and returns in 2016 in Le Nozze di Figaro (Basilio/Curzio). Gaines joined the artist roster of The Metropolitan Opera for the first time in 2013, covering Caius in Verdi’s Falstaff.
*Opera Colorado Debut