November 13, 2013 |
When the Komische Oper Berlin debuted its edgy and nontraditional reimagining of Mozart's “The Magic Flute,” combining live singing and hand-drawn animation, the 2012 run of 13 performances sold out in two days. The U.S. premiere of the production, Nov. 23 at Los Angeles Opera, similarly is seeing strong ticket sales. So the company has added an additional performance, Dec. 13 at 8:30 p.m., bringing the total number of performances to 7. “We knew 'The Magic Flute' would be popular with our audiences, but ticket sales have vastly exceeded our expectations," L.A. Opera's General Director Plácido Domingo said in a statement.
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.
June 4, 2013 |
Having developed a momentary case of the 20-year itch for the beloved production of Mozart's “The Magic Flute” that it has been rolling out since 1993, Los Angeles Opera announced Tuesday that it's about to have a fling with a sexy new flame it met earlier this year in Berlin. Instead of a fifth helping of the 1993 production directed by Peter Hall and designed by noted British cartoon artist Gerald Scarfe - as had been anticipated when the company announced its 2013-14 season in January - L.A. Opera's general director, Placido Domingo, announced Tuesday it will offer the U.S. premiere of an unorthodox version of “The Magic Flute” that was launched early this year by Komische Oper Berlin and combines live opera with silent film that uses 21 st century digital animation to create a 1920s Buster Keaton-ish feel.
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.
January 29, 2012 |
There once was a girl who was bored out of her wits. It had been a wonderful holiday season, and she had received many fantastic gifts. However, she now sat in her Grandmother's kitchen watching the rain patter on her front lawn with nothing to do. "Nanna," she asked, "is there anything at all in your house that's fun?" Her wizened old Grandmother giggled under her breath and stood up from the kitchen table. "Follow me, sweet pea," she said in an inviting tone. She led the girl up a narrow set of stairs and into an old attic.
January 13, 2009 |
Kenneth Branagh's 2006 film of "The Magic Flute" whisks the setting away from Mozart's never-never land into the trenches of World War I. You won't see any of that at Los Angeles Opera this month (thank goodness, some irascible Mozarteans will say), for Gerald Scarfe's fanciful, cartoonish yet faithful-to-the-spirit designs still hold sway in this production's fourth time around at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. But you can catch two of the participants from the film here: its conductor, James Conlon, and its Prince Tamino, the fast-rising Canadian tenor Joseph Kaiser.