Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014


Simply Euphonious

CSO and the Magic Flute opera singers give Chilliwack a sneak preview

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The Magic Flute operatic singers put on a memorable show at Chilliwack City Hall Tuesday.


ome where dancing between the sun and the moon are three ladies in service to the Queen of the Night.  If you closed your eyes Tuesday evening in Chilliwack City Hall council chambers, it could have been the Met  in New York.


When was the last time you saw an opera? Have you ever? The Chilliwack Symphony and the Chilliwack Opera Troupe have brought in some of the world’s best singers for English performances of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Magic Flute at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre September 25-28.


The euphonious ensemble comes from as far away as Vienna, Salzburg, and Toronto and even as near as Victoria, Chilliwack and Abbotsford. Andrea Mellis, a Chilliwack Senior Secondary graduate is also in the production. She apparently has been away earning her chops in Europe.


Each of the stars took turns singing condensed versions of their performance roles.


Mayor Sharon Gaetz said she thought it was the first time opera had ever been sung at City Hall.


The Cultural Centre’s orchestra pit is slightly smaller than average. So, Bernard Blary and Ron Hannah went to work on adapting the score to better suit the number of instruments they could fit. The entire show will be recorded as the special Chilliwack Limited Edition,


Also featured, are specially designed masks, created by Stó:lō Nation carvers.


The shows are directed by Andrea Mellis with Paula De Wit conducting.


For more information on tickets and the show, visit


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