Susan Scheib – Guest Contributor
Mar 24 2014
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The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving and members of the UTA Opera Workshop will fill the Irving Arts Center’s Carpenter Hall with the sounds of Mozart, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in “A Mozart Opera Gala”, the fourth performance in NPOI’s sannual “Sundays at the Symphony” series. The concert is also the occasion for the orchestra’s annual Silent Auction fundraiser, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The Irving Arts Center is located at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving TX 75062.

NPOI’s silent auction features tickets for Dallas/Fort Worth area concerts, theater, zoos, museums, sports, and restaurants. A special opera raffle includes two tickets to an opera and a restaurant dinner.

The UTA Opera Workshop is led by Dr. Soo Hong Kim, associate professor of voice. Students from Dr. Kim’s workshop will perform eight arias from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, accompanied by the orchestra.

Here is a brief list of the arias:

• The introduction to Act 1, No. 1: “Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe!”, sung by Dylan Elza, Jenna Zarafonetis, Nancy Lopez, and Miranda Culp.

• “Der Vogelfanger bin ich ja,” sung by Jonathan Cole, as the character Papageno.

• “Die Bildniss ist bezaubernd schön,” sung by Dylan Elza, as Tamino.

• The duet, “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen,” sung by Ruben Romero and Boeun Kim, as Pamina and Papageno.

• “O Isis und Osiris,” sung by Sam Diffley, as Sarastro.

• “Der Holle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen,” sung by Amanda Trousdale, as the Queen of the Night.

• “Ach, ich fuhl’s es ist verschwunden,” sung by Laura Herrera, as Pamina.

• And finally, “Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Pa-Papagena!,” sung by Ruben Romero, as Papageno, and Julie Belville, as Papagena.*

NPOI’s conductor Dr. Sergio Espinosa has also chosen four Mozart opera overtures to be performed by the orchestra: the overture to L’Impresario, the overture to Don Giovanni, the overture to Titus, and of course, the overture to The Magic Flute.

Dr. Espinosa is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. The orchestra is a community orchestra, consisting of trained musicians who choose to continue to play their instruments while they serve in other professions: teaching, accounting, film-making and others. Celebrating its 26th season this year, the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving has performed for audiences in Irving, Euless, Dallas and throughout the Metroplex.

General admission tickets range from $10 to $18. Ticket purchasers should know that any unused concert ticket can be applied to a later concert in the series, despite the date printed on the ticket.

For tickets, call the IAC box office at 972-252-ARTS (2787) or go to

Further information about the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving—including full program notes for the opera overtures on the April 6 concert--can be found at the orchestra’s Web site at

This concert season is supported in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board, with additional funding from TACA, and the Granville C.  and Gladys H. Morton Fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas.

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