One of my former students, Chelsea Basler-Aston, is singing the role of Papagena in Boston Lyric Opera’s production of The Magic Flute. This new English adaptation of the classic Mozart opera includes a new libretto, a novel setting, all-new staging, and (of course) the lovely soprano above. The Magic Flute plays at the Schubert Theatre on October 4, 6, 9, 11, and 13.
Update: the press verdicts are in and they are universally glowing. Here’s a sampling:
- MIT’s The Tech said that Chelsea’s performance “showcased her comedic talent and warm, mellifluous singing”.
- Boston Classical Review noted, “Chelsea Basler’s bright soprano was a delight in the brief role of Papagena”.
- The Boston Globe put it as, “Chelsea Basler’s Shakespeare-quoting Papagena is sweetly insinuating”.
- New York Arts declared that this “delightful soprano”‘s duet with Papageno was “charmingly sung”.