May 10, 2013 |
After a trip to Amsterdam in the summer of 2008, Los Angeles Times music critic Mark Swed brought back a curious souvenir: a three-disc Dutch edition of Kenneth Branagh's "The Magic Flute,” which he'd spotted in a remote record-store window. Upon returning home, he watched the 2006 film adaptation of Mozart's opera and was so moved that he wrote: “I am at a loss to understand why this film has been marginalized. 'Flute' is a joy.” The Branagh film, updating the opera from 1791 to World War I, premiered at the Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and had limited overseas runs; but it has never showed in the U.S. -- until now. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage On June 9, the Branagh-directed “Flute” is scheduled to screen at about 150 Emerging Pictures theaters across the country.
November 3, 2005 |
Kenneth Branagh will direct a film version of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," the BBC reports. James Conlon, who becomes music director for the Los Angeles Opera in 2006-07, will conduct the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Filming will begin in January at London's Shepperton Studios. Stephen Fry, who collaborated with Branagh on the 1992 Branagh-directed film "Peter's Friends," wrote the libretto, transferring the setting to World War I.
November 16, 2013 |
In a bare rehearsal space downtown at the Music Center, a dozen or so people work through a scene in the dark. The only light comes from projected black-and-white animation flickering on the back wall of the stage - a nude fairy fluttering her wings atop a tree, a black cat leaping over a glowing full moon. Rodell Rosel, who plays the lovesick Monostatos in this Los Angeles Opera production of "The Magic Flute," gestures wildly from a vine-covered balcony; he is crooning his affection for Pamina (Janai Brugger)
March 13, 1995 |
It wasn't Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" Saturday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Decisively, this was "The Magic Flute." Opera Pacific had opted for Andrew Porter's sensible translation of the folksy-lofty comedy, and, just in case anyone missed a word, the English text was redundantly flashed, two rhyming lines at a time, on the super-title screen atop the proscenium. The translator's name, not incidentally, was omitted from the program credits: Ask not why.
June 28, 2013 |
Culture Monster got the chance to chat with Australian opera director Barrie Kosky on Thursday, head of Berlin's experimental Komische Oper Berlin. He's in town for just three days, to meet with the Los Angeles Opera about the fall production of his interactive, wildly nontraditional version of Mozart's “The Magic Flute.” We met up with Kosky at the LA Opera's costume shop, which was crammed with racks and racks of colorful outfits from operas past - gypsy armor from “Il Trovatore” and a Spanish bullfighter's uniform from “Carmen,” among them.
August 16, 1999 |
Last summer, Lucinda Carver and her Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra scored a solid musical hit on their end of a performance of Mozart's "The Abduction From the Seraglio" at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre. Building upon that experience, another Mozart opera, "The Magic Flute," was tried there Saturday night, again in a concert performance, again with often ecstatically pleasing results. With any luck, Mozart opera al fresco threatens to become a welcome tradition in Cahuenga Pass.