March 26, 2002 |
Los Angeles Opera's "The Magic Flute," the third time around, delicately balances the philosophical verities and comic situations of Mozart's masterpiece. Such balance is never easily achieved, yet there it was, in considerable glory, Sunday night in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. It is, in a word, magic. First introduced in 1993, the Peter Hall production, conducted by Lawrence Foster and directed by Stanley M. Garner, remains visually striking, endlessly colorful, a paean to whimsy and fancy.
June 7, 1989 |
Gyula Gazdag's "A Hungarian Fairy Tale" (at the Nuart through Tuesday) is one of those magical films in which events are totally unexpected, yet responses to them seem exactly right. In this dark political satire and fable of the absurd that questions the nature of identity, everybody is confronted with increasingly perplexing and surreal circumstances. Gazdag's grasp of human nature is as impressive as his style, and his imagination is nothing short of dazzling. "A Hungarian Fairy Tale" will surely rank among the year's best films.
March 23, 1997 |
For the first time in its 13-year history, the Los Angeles Opera League--the volunteer fund-raising and support group for L.A. Opera--will underwrite a company production: the revival, next February, of the company's 1992 production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute." The cost: $100,000. The 3,000-member league is made up of opera lovers whose membership fees, donations and fund-raising work support the opera in a number of ways.
February 4, 1997 |
Asked by a group of wide-eyed little girls if this was his house, Dennis Tito replied, "Yes, this is my home, and I love to share my home with the community." The girls--budding pianists Brandy and Leslie Godsil; Madeline Warren, who is learning the flute; and Molly Fishkin, who her companions said "just tagged along"--were not the only ones impressed Saturday night with the scale of Tito's mansion, built in the style of an English manor house on a hilltop in Pacific Palisades.
December 8, 2004 |
How do you define a great musical partnership? For pianist Emanuel Ax and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, longtime friends and colleagues, you can catch a subtle hint as early as their billing. The names of both artists -- who were cheered to the rafters when they stepped onto the Royce Hall stage Monday as part of the UCLA Live series -- appeared in type of equal size in the evening's program. And Ax's came first, even though Ma is usually regarded as the superstar.
July 10, 2007 |
Looking to make a buck, in 1791 Mozart and the impresario-librettist Emanuel Schikaneder came up with a great idea for a new opera that could reach the pop crowd. But where to reach such a crowd today? Sunday night, "The Magic Flute" came to the Hollywood Bowl, where the care and feeding of a large general audience has been turned into an efficient art form of its own. New this summer is snappy signage.
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 30, 1993 |
Contrary to popular misconception, Mozart's "Die Zauberflote" is not a comic opera. True, it does contain humorous elements, not to mention folksy diversions and flights of mysterious fantasy. Essentially, however, it is a serious, even lofty, essay on human conflicts between good and evil, lightness and darkness, wisdom and foolishness, innocence and corruption.
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.
January 17, 2000
Pacific Symphony music director Carl St.Clair will make his Opera Pacific debut conducting Mozart's "The Magic Flute" Nov. 7-12 to begin the company's four-opera season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. In Mozart's final opera, Pamela Armstrong, making a company debut, will sing Pamina. David Miller will sing Tamino. Jan Grissom will sing the Queen of the Night. Dorothy Danner will stage the production designed by Maurice Sendak in 1980 for the Houston Grand Opera.