The Magic Flute



OCTOBER 5 (7:30 PM) & 7 (2:00 PM), 2018 AT THE VALENTINE THEATRE


Fans of the 1984 film Amadeus will remember the raucously enthusiastic audience reception of The Magic Flute. Why? Written in German and incorporating spoken dialogue, Mozart’s 1791 masterpiece captured the imagination of the Viennese at the end of the 18th century. It continues to captivate today. Prince Tamino seeks to save the sweet Pamina from the high priest Sarastro, who has stolen her away from her mother The Queen of the Night. Through trials and song, he and his comic relief sidekick Papageno attempt to navigate a brilliant fantasy world and save the day.

Starring Dennis Shuman as Prince Tamino and Cheyanne Coss as Pamina

Performed in English with English supertitles.


To learn more about The Magic Flute, click here for the Audience Guide

Prince Tamino is attacked by a giant serpent but is rescued by three ladies. He pursues a beautiful princess with the assistance of a magic flute and Papageno, the bird catcher. It is an allegorical tale of true love, honor, and bravery. The magical setting will be created by an innovative, fully-staged production directed by James Marvel. An acclaimed cast, the Toledo Opera Chorus, and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, will be led by Maestro James Meena.

Dennis Shuman, Prince Tamino

Dennis Shuman, tenor, grew up in a small town in northwest Georgia. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Mr. Shuman was the winner of the annual concerto   competition and  performed the role of Ferrando in Cosí fan tutte. He continued to complete a Master of Music degree at Loyola University New Orleans, where his roles included Rinuccio   in Gianni Schicchi. During this  time, he also appeared as Gastone in La traviata with New Orleans Opera. He is a recent graduate of the Opera Institute at Boston University, where he sang   the roles of Albert in Albert Herring, the  Tenor in Hydrogen Jukebox (Glass), Matthew Gurney in Emmeline (Picker), Basilio in Le nozze di Figaro, and the Tenor in The War Reporter   (Berger). Equally at home in concert repertoire, Mr. Shuman  has performed the role of the Celebrant in Bernstein’s MASS with Brandeis University, Wellesley College, and the Salisbury   Singers of Worcester, MA. Mr. Shuman was featured with Seaglass Theatre  Company of New Bedford, MA this past spring in the company’s celebration of Bernstein’s 100th, where he   performed pieces from popular shows such as West Side Story, On the Town, Peter Pan,  and Candide. Dennis completed two seasons as an Apprentice Artist with Chautauqua Opera   Company where he was heard as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, the roles of Governor, Ragotski, and  Vanderdendur in Candide, and in La traviata repeated the role of Gastone while covering   Alfredo. Upcoming performances include the role of the Evangelist in St. John Passion (Columbus, OH). Mr.  Shuman is currently based in Boston.

 Cheyanne Coss, Pamina

Soprano Cheyanne Coss is a recent graduate of the opera program at the New England Conservatory, and she has performed such roles as Iphigénie in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride and Aminta in Mozart’s Il Re Pastore, with which she made her Merola Opera debut in San Francisco in 2018. Ms. Coss is the resident soprano with the Michigan Opera Theatre for their 2018-2019 season, performing roles on the mainstage such as Berta in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Paquette in Bernstein’s Candide; she has also in past years been a young artist with Chautauqua Opera and a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Ms. Coss recently made her concert debut with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra singing the soprano solo in Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem. She has won several competitions, including the William C. Byrd Young Artist Competition and the David Daniels Young Artist Competition. Ms. Coss hails from Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and is a proud alumna of Oakland University.

 John Viscardi, Papageno

New York native John Viscardi is a rising baritone notably acknowledged for his diversity of vocal repertoire. Last season, Mr. Viscardi performed the title role in Cyrano with Opera Carolina and sang the baritone solo in the Duruflé Requiem and the Fauré Requiem at Carnegie Hall. Previous engagements have included Marcello (La Bohéme) at Opera San Louis Obispo, the title role in Cyrano with Michigan Opera Theatre, Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs at Carnegie Hall, Carmina Burana with Opera Philadelphia, Silvio (Pagliacci) with Opera San louis Obispo, and Bill Calhoun (Kiss Me Kate). Other past engagements include a series of role débuts beginning with Enrico (Lucia di Lammermoor) with New York Opera Exchange, his Michigan Opera Theatre début as Valentin (Faust), Bulmerli (The Chocolate Soldier) with Concert Operetta Theatre, and Robert (Iolanta) with Tri-Cities Opera.


Jana McIntyre, The Queen of the Night

Jana McIntyre recently joined the San Francisco Opera in concert for Wolf’s Italienisches Liederbuch and Strauss’ Brentano Lieder, and will join Teatro Nuovo in their inaugural season for Rossini’s Tancredi in the 2017-18 season. She recently made her San Francisco Symphony debut as Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) and joined San Francisco Opera’s prestigious Merola Opera Program as Serpina, in La serva padrona, as well as for their productions of Così fan tutte and La Cenerentola, and later joined the company singing excerpts of Zerbinetta from Ariadne auf Naxos and Philine from Mignon in the Merola Opera Grand Finale concert. Ms. McIntyre made her New York debut as Amore in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice alongside Anthony Roth Costanzo and Kiera Duffy in an installment of “Orphic Moments” with Brooklyn’s National Sawdust Theater, and later Andromède in the American Premiere of Ibert’s Persée et Andromède, which was listed as a New York Times “Best Classical Music of 2016.” Other recent performances include: Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Königin der Nacht (Die Zauberflöte), La Fée (Cendrillon), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Drusilla (L’incoronazione di Poppea), and Señora Grazia in the world premiere workshop of Roger Bourland’s The Dove and the Nightingale.

  Zaikuan Song, Sarastro

Zaikuan Song, an operatic bass from China, received his bachelor and master degrees in vocal performance from the China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, and a Performance Diploma at Michigan State University College of Music in 2016. He is completing a D.M.A in vocal performance at Michigan State University College of Music. Mr. Song made his first New York debut as Zuniga (Carmen) with Martina Arroyo´s Prelude to Performance. He successfully performed the roles of Frank Maurrant (Street Scene), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Dulcamara (L'elisir d'amore), Mr. Emerson (A Room with a View), Changwu Ye in the Chinese Opera The Savage Land, and Ariodate (Xerxse) with MSU Opera Theater. He won first place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, in the advanced college category of Michigan Chapter Auditions, in March 2018.


James Meena, conductor

James Meena, Toledo Opera’s principal artistic advisor, consistently earns critical acclaim for his artistic vision and dynamic presence on the podium.  Mo. Meena’s guest conducting engagements have included the Washington Opera; the Pittsburgh Opera; L’Opera de Montreal; Michigan Opera Theater; Arizona Opera; the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea; the National Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of China; the Pittsburgh Symphony; the Cairo Philharmonic in Egypt; the Grand Rapids Symphony; the Toledo Symphony; the Orchestra of the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Sicily; and, the Orchestra Regionale Toscana in Florence, Italy.  This season, he opened the New York City Opera season with a double bill of Rachmaninov’s Aleko and Pagliacci, as well as his Memphis Symphony Classics debut, and returns to L’Opera de Montreal for La Bohème.


James Marvel, Director

Internationally acclaimed stage director James Marvel has been praised for his “brilliant stage direction” and his “unforgettable and visually stunning new productions.” James made his Lincoln Center debut in 2008 for the Juilliard Opera Center, directing a highly acclaimed new production. James made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 and directed the U.S. premier of Cavalli’s Eliogabalo for the Gotham Chamber Opera in NYC. Since his professional directing debut in 1996, James has directed over 100 productions and was named Classical Singer Magazine’s “2008 – Stage Director of the Year.” Recent engagements include La traviata for New Orleans Opera, Rigoletto for Opera Tampa, and Tosca for Opera Grand Rapids. In 2014, James directed the world premiere of Larry Delinger’s new opera Amelia Lost, which was created for Marble City Opera and performed at The National Opera Center in New York. Career highlights include groundbreaking new productions for the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Opera Boston, Opera Santa Barbara, Syracuse Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, San Antonio Opera, Kentucky Opera, Virginia Opera, North Carolina Opera, Toledo Opera, Sacramento Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Aspen Music Festival, Wolf Trap Opera, Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Indiana University, and the University of Southern California.


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