Performance history

David Scott Marley’s The Manga Flute was presented for the first time on 4 March 2012 by West Edge Opera in El Cerrito, California. The cast was as follows (in order of appearance):

Tamino, a stockbroker from Tokyo (tenor) Darron Flagg
The Demon Captain (silent) Keith Perry
First Lady Silver Rabbit,
 servant to Starfire (soprano)
Melody King
Second Lady Silver Turtle,
 servant to Starfire (soprano)
Kathleen Moss
Third Lady Silver Tiger,
 servant to Starfire (soprano)
Rebecca Krouner
Papageno, a bird charmer (bass) Eugene Brancoveanu
Queen Starfire, a sorceress (soprano) Elyse Nakajima
Thistle, a raccoon (soprano) Charlotte Khuner
Briar, a raccoon (soprano) Catherine Scanlon
Bramble, a raccoon (soprano) Sofia Chandler-Freed
Sarastro, a wizard, rival of Starfire (bass) Cliff Romig
Foxclaw, a disciple of Sarastro (spoken) George Killingsworth
Pamina, Starfire’s daughter (soprano) Heidi Moss Sali
Moss, an orphan (tenor) Keith Perry
Papagena, a bird charmer (soprano) Lori Schulman

The musical director was Jonathan Khuner. The stage director was Caroline Altman. The prologue, backdrops, and other manga art were by Megan Willis. The orchestral arrangement was by Christopher Fecteau. Video design was by Jeremy Knight. Lighting design was by Lucas Krech. Costume design was by Leah Slyder-Vass. Wig and makeup design was by Sascha Bedame. The production manager was Julie Chin. The assistant conductor was Bruce Olstad. The musical assistant was Daniel Alley. The orchestra manager was Mark Culbertson. Supertitles were by Margo Leslie and Mary Gallahue.

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