Muses Project's 'The Magic Flute' set for Sept. 19-22

The Muses Project's fully staged production of W.A. Mozart's "The Magic Flute" is coming to Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 22.

The Muses' troupe of nationally touring opera singers, professional instrumentalists and dancers, young resident artists, vocal apprentices from Hot Springs World Class High School and the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts will present this classic two-act fairy tale opera, sung in German with English supertitles.

"'The Magic Flute,' one of Mozart's most spiritually elevated creations, is rich in dynamic music, fantastical characters, mysteriously charmed creatures, love, humor, trials of fire and water, and of course ... a magic flute," a news release said.

The Muses Professional Troupe features eight nationally touring opera singers: tenor Timothy Stoddard, who plays the hero Tamino, baritone Stacey Murdock, the comical bird-catcher, Papageno, soprano Kari Burgess, the heroine, Pamina, soprano Michelle Pretto, mezzo-sopranos Erica Schoelkopf and Margaret "Max" Potter (Papagena), are the "Three Ladies," bass, Alex Boyd, is Sarastro, and soprano, Rachel Barker-Asto, is the evil Queen of the Night.

"These gifted vocalists will perform famous arias, duets, trios, quintets and larger choral settings, from this most popular opera," the release said.

Performances include a Student Show at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Muses Cultural Arts Center, 428 Orange St. Hot Springs, with all artists, students and teachers admitted at no charge. Call 501-609-9811 to register.

Other shows are 7 p.m. Friday at Woodlands Auditorium in Hot Springs Village, and 6 p.m. Saturday at the Muses Cultural Arts Center. The final performance will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Muses Cultural Arts Center; call for ticket availability.

"At first glance, 'The Magic Flute' is a tale of a handsome prince who rescues a beautiful princess, but it is much more. This opera, Mozart's final work, is a complex allegory imbued with humanistic ideals, the universal human quest for wisdom and enlightenment, and the triumph of reason and virtue over irrationality and evil. The Muses Project's general director, Deleen Davidson, has carefully crafted this production to capture the essence of these lofty concepts and present them in a delightful offering that is accessible, engaging and highly entertaining," the release said.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at or by calling 501-609-9811.

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