Prof. Steve Cerf to Lecture at New York City Opera
Story posted October 01, 2003
Steven Cerf, Bowdoin's George Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of German, has been invited to deliver a pre-opera lecture for the performance of Mozart's The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) at the New York City Opera on October 11.
First staged in September 1791, shortly before Mozart's death, The Magic Flute tells the fanciful tale of Prince Tamino, who is sent by the Queen of the Night to rescue her imprisoned daughter. Tamino is presented with a magic flute, which will protect him. During his mission he is challenged to endure a series of trials in order to win his ladylove.
In addition to giving a general introduction to the opera, Cerf's lecture will concentrate on the humanistic tenets at the heart of the opera.
"I'll focus on the lead character's (Tamino) development as he grows from a na´ve, unawares nobleman to an integrated communitarian," said Cerf, "and emphasize the 'Enlightenment thought' at the heart of this final opera Mozart completed."
Cerf's lecture will run from noon to 1 p.m., at New York State Theater (enter through the stage entrance at 62nd St. & Columbus Ave.). Tickets are required. For more information visit the New York City Opera Web site at www.nycopera.com. Ticket information can be found by clicking here.
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