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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.