2016 Summer Production
~ “Man of La Mancha” ~
Asheville Lyric Opera is thrilled to announce their debut production of Man of La Mancha. This Tony Award-winning musical will bring a distinguished cast of performers to Asheville from across the U.S. Based on the novel Don Quixote, this timeless classic will take you on a mystical and lyrical journey of good versus evil.
The story is based on Miguel de Cervantes’ novel, Don Quixote, during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. In this play-within-a-play, we see Cervantes as a prisoner awaiting trial by the inquisition. When the other prisoners try to take his manuscript, he attempts to prove the work’s merit through reenactment, enlisting his fellow prisoners as characters. Together, they tell the story of Alonso Quijana, who believes himself to be to be the knight errant Don Quixote. Quixote, along with his “squire” Sancho Panza, set out on a journey of chivalry. Through the story, all the prisoners, at least for a moment, are changed into something more. The mad Don Quixote transforms the world around him into something fantastic, turning windmills into giants and an old inn into a castle, but also changes a wretched woman into a beautiful lady and proves that the beliefs of one old man can make him a knight.
To order tickets visit the Diana Wortham Theatre website or
call the box office at 828-257-4530.
2016 Spring Opera
~ “The Magic Flute” by W.A. Mozart ~
Asheville Lyric Opera is proud to present the revival of its national award winning production of The Magic Flute. This production will feature a distinguished cast of performers bringing their talent to Asheville from all across the U.S. Witness this amazing night of excitement as we journey through the magic of Mozart’s masterpiece.
A celebration of true love conquering all, the Magic Flute, a singspiel that includes both singing and spoken dialogue, transports us into an enchanted world where good faces the forces of dark. The blend of high comedy and serious drama is packed with exquisite singing and stage wizardry. This opera, which premiered in 1791, tells the story of Prince Tamino who must save Princess Pamina from her evil mother, the queen. To help him on his quest he is given a magic flute. With its help and the companionship of his jovial friend, Papageno, the prince overcomes the trials of Silence, Patience and Courage and thereby wins the hand of Princess Pamina. The real meaning of the opera lies in its many symbols of freemasonry and the Enlightenment, portraying the education of mankind, progressing from chaos (the serpent) through religious superstition (the Queen and Ladies) to rationalistic enlightenment (Sarastro and Priests).