Issaquah natives sing in opera ‘The Magic Flute’

May 10, 2011

Fantastical creatures fill the stage — dragons, alligators and birds — but even more impressive are the lovers, committed to each other despite danger and challenges in the comedic opera “The Magic Flute,” written by Wolfgang Mozart in 1791.

Benjamin Richardson (center), of Issaquah, is one of The Three Spirits in the musical that runs through May 21. By Rozarh Lynch

Two Issaquah natives, Anya Matanovic and Benjamin Richardson, are currently starring in the Seattle Opera’s staging of the performance at McCaw Hall.

Soprano Matanovic, who graduated from Issaquah High School in 1999, has sung in nearly 40 operas. In 2009, she was singing the part of Musetta in “La Bohème” in Israel when she learned the Seattle Opera had offered her a role in “The Magic Flute.”

This will be her second time in the opera — a two-act story of Prince Tamino on his quest to save and prove himself to Pamina, the daughter of the Queen of the Night.

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Issaquah grad reprises ‘Falstaff’ role

February 23, 2010

Issaquah native Anya Matanovic stars as Nannetta in the Seattle Opera’s production of ‘Falstaff.’ By Bill Mohn

Reprising a role from her first years as an opera singer, Issaquah native Anya Matanovic will grace Seattle with her voice again in Seattle Opera’s comedy “Falstaff” Feb. 27 – March 13.

“Working with Anya is always a treat. Her intelligence and charm shine through in this role, which also showcases her beautiful voice,” Director Peter Kazaras wrote in an e-mail. “It has been inspiring to watch Anya mature and master the technical difficulties of this intricate score. I think she is a perfect Nannetta.”

While she lives in Manhattan, Issaquah is the city Matanovic said she calls home.

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