The Magic Flute - Opera for Kids
Mozart’s musical fairy tale, with its imaginative setting and spectacular music, is brought to life in a special version designed just for you and your family! Fantastical life-size puppets, talented professional singers and special guests from Chapman University join Pacific Symphony to bring this classic opera to life!
Join in the fun at the interactive Musical Carnival, where kids can test drive a musical instrument, meet and interact with musicians from Pacific Symphony and Pacific Symphony Youth Ensembles, watch local ensembles perform, create special crafts that connect to each concert’s theme and participate in learning activities that align with state and national educational standards. Activities begin at 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers and 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.
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Welcome to Mozart’s The Magic Flute, an opera for kids! Today you are going to wander through a magical forest with our wonderful cast, and hear some of the most fantastic music ever written.
An opera is a story told through music and singing, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute is one of the most famous operas ever written. One of the main characters, the Queen of the Night, sings some of the highest notes ever composed for the voice. The music shows how evil she is, and sounds really scary!
The story of The Magic Flute is a fantastical tale! We follow Prince Tamino on his journey to rescue Princess Pamina with a Magic Flute he has received from the Queen of the Night. With the help of Papageno, a comical birdcatcher, Tamino travels to the wizard Sarastro’s castle to save Pamina. Pamina and Tamino face several magical tests before living happily ever after—and Papageno finds his own true love too!
Now sit back and enjoy Mozart’s The Magic Flute performed by our excellent singers and the amazing Pacific Symphony! I can’t wait to see you at our next concert in February, Lunar New Year for Kids!
Music is life!
SPOTLIGHT ON THE VOICE
One of the most powerful musical instruments isn’t made of wood or metal—it comes from your own body! The human voice is a unique instrument that can make music through speaking, singing or even just making noises to imitate percussion.
Since the voice doesn’t fit into any of the instrument families of the orchestra, we think of singers as having different voice types. Some people have high voices, others have low voices, and still others have medium voices. In opera, male and female voice types have different names.
For example, a singer with a high female voice is called a soprano, while mezzo-sopranos have lower female voices. Tenors have high male voices, while baritones have medium-low voices and basses have the lowest voices.
In an opera, you get to hear lots of different voice types.
Mozart wrote for a special type of singer called a coloratura soprano in The Magic Flute. A coloratura soprano has the very highest female voice and is trained to sing many fast notes and ornamented, or complicated, melodies. Listen to the Queen of the Night as she demonstrates this voice type in today’s concert!
Hailed as a conductor who leads with “passionate intensity” and recognized as “one to watch,” Kalia is one of America’s most exciting young conductors. A three-time recipient (2018, 2017, 2013) of The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Kalia was recently named music director of Orchestra Santa Monica. He is also entering his fourth season as assistant conductor of Pacific Symphony and music director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Kalia also serves as co-founder and music director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, which was recently featured in the League of American Orchestras’ Symphony magazine as one of the premier summer classical music festivals in the country.
Upcoming engagements for the 2018-19 season include debuts with the Spokane Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, and a re-engagement with the Wheeling Symphony. During the 2017-18 season, he made his European subscription debut with the Szczecin Philharmonic in Poland to rave reviews, led the Camarada Chamber Orchestra of San Diego, returned to conduct the Bakersfield Symphony on their annual gala concert, and collaborated with the Orange County Music and Dance School in a benefit concert titled “From Classical to Rock” featuring rock stars Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) and Nancy Wilson (Heart).
Kalia has served as cover conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Kansas City Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony. Kalia started his career as music director of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles, following in the footsteps of such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas and André Previn.
Passionate about teaching the next generation of musicians, Kalia maintains a regular teaching relationship with The Colburn School and California State University, Fullerton, and he recently conducted the Missouri All-State Symphony Orchestra. Kalia has also created family and educational concerts for orchestras across the country in a variety of concert formats including the use of multimedia, semi- staged operas, and collaborations with Cirque de la Symphonie and TV personality Randy Jackson.
Praised by The Orange County Register as being “resonant and warm,” and by the classical music site Bachtrack as “a ringing stentorian tenor,” Hawaii native Nicholas Preston is in demand as a soloist in Southern California and beyond, having performed throughout California, and touring as a soloist in France, Italy and Spain. He has been a member of Pacific Chorale since 2002, and has frequently appeared as a soloist with the Chorale as well as with Pacific Symphony. Preston currently resides in Brea with his wife, Dr. Kathleen Preston, and their daughter, Zelda.
David Stoneman is known for his work in both classic and modern opera. The California native has sung with opera companies from Santa Barbara to Boston in repertoire ranging from Henry Purcell to Philip Glass and in roles from Figaro to Scarpia. After studying locally, (OCC, Chapman and USC) he spent two decades living in Boston and New York and singing opera and oratorio around the country.
Locally, Stoneman has appeared nearly two dozen times in concerts with Pacific Symphony. His oratorio repertoire includes works as diverse as the requiems of Mozart, Brahms and Verdi, Stravinsky’s Mass and Orff’s Carmina Burana. Under the baton of Eliza Rubinstein, he has sung the solos in Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Haydn’s Creation and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Though opera has been the main focus of his singing career, on the lighter side, Stoneman has enjoyed roles in Follies, South Pacific, Six Degrees of Separation, 42nd Street and Sweeney Todd. Recently released recordings featuring Stoneman include The Juniper Tree by Philip Glass and 2116, a new musical by the late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury.
Hailed by Opera News as “vibrant,” American soprano Katherine Polit is quickly gaining recognition on the concert and operatic stage. Her most recent performances include Mozart’s Exsultate, jubilate with the Helena Symphony, Vivaldi’s Gloria at Lincoln Center and Samuel Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 with the Owensboro Symphony. Last season, she returned to Virginia Opera to perform the role of Ännchen in Der Freischütz, after finishing her tenure with the company as a Herndon Foundation Emerging Artist. As an Emerging Artist, she sang Diana in Orpheus in the Underworld and Musetta in Bohème Unplugged.
Steve Pence has appeared as a soloist in the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Baroque Conversations” series and as Hercules in The Civil Wars by Philip Glass with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He is a frequent soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, having recently appeared with them in Alexander’s Feast and Messiah by Handel, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, B-minor Mass, Magnificat and St. John Passion. He has also performed solos in Bach’s B-minor Mass and Mozart’s Requiem with the Los Angeles Chamber Choir, appeared as Elijah with the Mountainside Master Chorale and in Brahms’ Requiem with the Orange County Choral Society. Pence has performed several opera roles, including Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with the Pasadena Schubertiad and Alonzo in Hoiby’s The Tempest with USC Thornton Opera. He created and recorded the role of Kaiser Wilhelm II in John Powell’s oratorio A Prussian Requiem. Film credits include Muppets Most Wanted, Despicable Me 2, Happy Feet 2 and The Secret Life of Pets.
MARIA CRISTINA NAVARRO
Queen of the Night
Maria Cristina “Kit” Navarro has performed with the Biel, Basel and Baden theaters in Switzerland, San Diego Opera, Los Angeles Opera, El Paso Opera, Long Beach Opera and Opera Pacific. The Orange County Register describes her as “the gifted soprano, whose effortless production and lustrous, satiny tone were angelic,” and “A coloratura specialist whose performance has harvested special applause,” according to the Badener Tagblatt. Notable roles she has performed are Queen of the Night, Olympia, Adina, Nerina, Najade, Pedro, the Matchmaker in LA Opera’s commissioned work On Gold Mountain by Nathan Wang and Jasmin in the Filipino opera Karim at Jasmin by Dr. Ramon Geluz. She has also sung in the films Click and Lady in the Water with the LA Master Chorale, John Alexander Singers’ American Voices, and Jake Heggie’s choral opera The Radio Hour. She has sung in Andrea Bocelli’s Christmas concerts in California, the West Coast tour of Lord of the Rings with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and back-up vocals for Reba McEntire at the Hollywood Bowl.
Navarro received her bachelor’s degree in voice at the University of the Philippines and her diploma in music theater studies at the Biel Conservatory in Switzerland.
Papagena, Second Lady, Follower of Sarastro
Alexandra Rupp is a recent graduate from the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Chapman University. She graduated with a bachelor of music degree with an emphasis in vocal performance, translating her classical training to everything from opera and musical theatre to jazz, flamenco and classical crossover music. She currently performs throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County area for private and corporate events, along with organizations such as the Orange County Community Foundation, The Richard Nixon Foundation and Pacific Symphony. One of Rupp’s favorite roles since her time with Pacific Symphony came as she portrayed Prince Orlofsky in last season’s production of The Bat‑Man’s Revenge.
Monostatos, Follower of Sarastro, Tamino understudy
Daniel Sanchez is a second-year vocal performance major in Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. Named as the OC Register’s Vocal Artist of the Year (2017), he most recently appeared in a concert version of West Side Story by Bernstein with the South Coast Symphony. After making his Pacific Symphony debut in last year’s “Opera for Kids” production of Die Fledermaus: The Bat‑Man’s Revenge, Sanchez is absolutely thrilled to be back. A special thank you goes out to his mom and dad for their constant love and support, as well as a proud acknowledgement to his brother DJ, who is currently serving our country in Qatar.
Security Guard, Follower of Sarastro, Monostatos understudy
Stephan Lee is from Irvine, California, and is very excited to make his first appearance in a Pacific Symphony production!
Having been a volunteer for many Pacific Symphony events during his high school years, he has seen the wonderful productions that Pacific Symphony has offered and is incredibly honored to be back, now as a performer! Lee is currently a second year vocal performance major at Chapman University, and is involved in Chapman University’s University Singers, Opera Chapman and also the Westminster Chorus.
Security Guard, Follower of Sarastro, Papageno understudy
Baritone Desmond Woodward transferred from Santa Rosa Junior College to Chapman University and is currently studying voice under the instruction of Patrick Goeser. He is working toward his bachelor of music in vocal performance.
Since attending Chapman University, Desmond has been in two Opera Chapman productions. He most recently performed the role of Father Gedge in Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring this spring, as well as being featured as the baritone soloist in Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem under the baton of Daniel Alfred Wachs. In the 2018 NATS competition he placed first in the Junior men’s division. He is very excited to be making his debut here at Pacific Symphony.
Security Guard, Follower of Sarastro, Sarastro understudy
A bass-baritone from the California Bay Area, Noah Rulison is a senior vocal performance major at Chapman University’s Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music. He is elated to perform in his second Pacific Symphony production, having sung as a chorus member in Pacific Symphony’s family production of Die Fledermaus. As a part of Chapman’s opera ensemble, he has played the role of Superintendent Budd in Albert Herring, Fredrik in A Little Night Music, Frank in Die Fledermaus and Amantio di Nicolao in Gianni Schicchi. He also has played partial roles in Street Scene and Verdi’s Falstaff. In the summer of 2017 he traveled to Austria and participated in the University of Miami’s Salzburg opera program. Rulison continues to study with Dr. Peter Atherton at Chapman University.
BRITTANY ST. CLAIR
First Lady, Follower of Sarastro
Brittany St. Clair’s entrance into the arts began at age 9 playing alto saxophone and participating in local theater productions in Bakersfield, California.
Prior to attending Chapman University, she studied sax and voice under teachers who inspired her to continue in the arts. She participated in honor bands and performed roles such as Sandra Bloom in Big Fish, Alice Beineke in The Addams Family and Belle in Beauty and the Beast. Last year she played the role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music with Opera Chapman. Most recently she was in Opera Chapman’s scenes program, bringing Bernstein’s Maria and Cunegonde to life. She is currently in her junior year at Chapman as a vocal performance major with a minor in business administration. After graduating, she hopes to one day run her own studio and continue sharing her love of music through teaching and performance.
Third Lady, Follower of Sarastro
Beginning in Boston, Mass., Emily Weinberg was born and raised in a family that encouraged musical involvement.
She began singing in her very first children’s choir at age 6 after moving out to California. Moving through the years, her participation in choir continued, but at the age of 14 she was introduced to her first vocal teacher, Daniel Hendrick. Under his tutelage, she was inspired to become an opera singer and has been working toward that goal ever since. For the past nine years, Weinberg has continued to study music, although she is now moving more toward the world of opera, and is currently enrolled at CSUF as a vocal performance major. Her studies there have brought her to perform such roles as L’Enfant in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortileges and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte.
Follower of Sarastro, Pamina understudy, Papagena understudy
Jasmine Rodriguez, soprano, is thrilled to join Pacific Symphony for another Family Series show. Rodriguez recieved her degree in vocal performance from Chapman University. Roles performed include La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Rose (Street Scene), Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring). Rodriguez particated in the Taos Opera Insitute and AIMS in Graz, Austria, where she was a soloist in various orchestral tours around the country. She placed first in the Scholund Concerto Competition and the NATS LA competition and was a semi-finalist in the Classical Singer National Competition in Boston and the Meistersinger Competition in Graz.
Director and Script Writer
Stage director and bass- baritone Peter Atherton holds the Robert and Norma Lineberger Chair in Music at Chapman University Conservatory of Music and has served as the artistic director of Opera Chapman for the past 12 years. He has performed and directed extensively in opera, oratorio, concert and musical theater throughout the United States and Europe. His operatic and concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Opera, Seattle Opera, Baltimore Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Wolf Trap Opera, San Francisco Opera, Opera Atelier, Cairo Opera, the Opera festival of Rome and Verona as well as Los Angeles Philharmonic, L’Orchèstre de la Suisse Romande, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Bach Cercle Genève, International Chamber Ensemble Rome, Los Angeles Master Chorale and Orchèstre de Belgique.
Pianist Janet Kao, a native of Taiwan, is an accomplished musician with extensive experience as a solo pianist, vocal/ instrumental collaborator and an opera coach. She has performed on many stages including Alice Tully Hall in New York City, Harris Concert Hall in Aspen, Preston Bradley Hall in Chicago and National Concert Hall of Taiwan. She has been invited to participate in several summer music festivals including Bowdoin Music Festival, the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival and the Music Academy of the West. She has served as a staff accompanist at the Aspen Music Festival, Idyllwild Summer Music Festival, as a staff coach at Opera in the Ozarks, Arkansas and the American Institute of Musical Arts in Graz, Austria.
Kao received her bachelor and master of music degrees in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a graduate certificate in collaborative piano from The Juilliard School. She completed the doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Southern California in keyboard collaborative arts in 2009 and was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Scholarship Award for three consecutive years.
Born into a family of professional musicians in London, Rosalind Britton grew up steeped in the arts. After attending the Royal Ballet School, she turned instead to behind-the-scenes work, and obtained a bachelor’s in theater design. Upon graduation, she worked in costume design for theater, opera and film, both in London and New York. She lived in Europe several more years before her family moved to California, where she taught art in public schools. After retirement, she became a dedicated volunteer for Pacific Symphony.
Puppetry is an ancient art that has a deep-seated appeal to audiences of all ages. Following in the footsteps of master puppeteer Albrecht Roser, Walsh seeks to take puppetry beyond the realm of children’s entertainment and return it to the multifaceted, modern audiences of today. She’s been in puppetry for over 20 years and has built, designed and performed around the world, from New York City to L.A., Germany and China. For her, the greatest joy is experiencing that moment when bits of cloth, wood and string truly come to life for an audience. Currently she is the Puppetry Consultant for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.