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Ash Lawn Opera directors discuss "The Magic Flute" with WTJU classical hosts

Tim Snider interviews
Michelle Krisel
Ash Lawn Opera General Director


Allen Hench interviews
Steven Jarvi and Dan Rigazzi
Ash Lawn Opera Conductor and Director of Theatre and Opera

"The Magic Flute" at Ash Lawn Opera

Earlier this month, Tim Snider, host of WTJU's Sunday Opera Matinee, chatted with Michelle Krisel about Ash Lawn Opera's new season. The 2012 season opens on July 13 with four performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute, sung in German with English supertitles, at the historic Paramount Theater in downtown Charlottesville. Mozart's fanciful masterpiece remains one of the best-loved and frequently performed operas of all time.

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Also earlier this month, Classical announcer Allen Hench interviewed Steven Jarvi and Dan Rigazzi.

Conductor Steven Jarvi is recognized as one of America's faster rising conductors with equal passion for the concert hall as the opera house.  He is Music Director of Winter Opera St Louis and returns to Kansas city Symphony for his fourt season.  He conducts the New World Symphony in Miami Beach and New York City Opera. He conducted last year's Ash Lawn production of "the Barber of Seville"  and recently conducted an opera for Virginia Opera in Norfolk.

Dan Rigazzi is a director of Theatre and Opera.   A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he works and lives in New York City, and is on the staging staff of the Metropolitan Opera. Recent productions include "The Tales of Hoffman,"  "Noye's Fludde" and "The Rape of Lucretia."   He is especially fond of Shakespeare, and explains many similarities between many of his plays with the "The Magic Flute."

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For more information about the 2012 season, visit the Ash Lawn Opera.

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