Marywood University Presents The Magic Flute by Mozart in English with Orchestra


SCRANTON, PA (June 18, 2015)—The Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Company will fuse their talents with Marywood University students and community members to present the opera, The Magic Flute, in English at the Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts on Friday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, July 26, at 3 p.m. The cost of the performance is: $20 adults; $15 for seniors; $5 for Marywood students, faculty, staff, and children ages 7-12. Children under the age of seven are free.


One of the most-performed operas worldwide, The Magic Flute is perhaps Mozart’s greatest popular success. It tells the tale of a prince, Tamino, who is sent by The Queen of the Night to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from her nemesis, Sarastro. Accompanied by the endearingly incorrigible Papageno and with the aid of a magic flute, the besotted Tamino ventures into Sarastro’s temple and quickly finds that all is not as it seems.


“We are excited to present The Magic Flute at Marywood University,” said Jennifer Griffith Cowgill, D.M., associate professor of voice at Marywood University and producer of The Magic Flute performance. “This is a piece of music theatre that will appeal to children and adults, first-time opera-goers and aficionados alike,” she added.


Martin Knoblauch will conduct the concert. Mr. Knoblauch has been an active conductor of many organizations in the area. He is the musical director and principal organist for the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Philadelphia; musical director for the Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater in the Poconos; and a regular guest conductor with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia.


Todd E. Ranney, M.M., D.M.A., assistant professor of voice and opera at Mansfield University, will direct the opera. Dr. Ranney has performed over 100 productions throughout the Midwest with the Michigan Opera Theater, Des Moines Metro Opera, Opera Iowa, Ohio Light Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Cleveland Opera, and Dayton Opera. He has been a featured soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra at both the Blossom Music Center and Severance Hall, and he has sung with the Symphony Orchestras of Dayton, Akron, Lakeside, Wooster, and the Cleveland Pops.


For more information about The Magic Flute opera at Marywood University, visit the music, theatre, and dance department website, at or call (570) 348-6268.