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.
August 6, 1998 |
The Music Academy of the West season, packed into six summer weeks, comes and goes in a flash. But, thankfully, it's a dense flash. Things are wrapping up with a grand flourish, a grand operatic flourish to be exact, with "The Magic Flute" this weekend, followed by the traditional Concerto Night on Aug. 15. Both events are officially sold out, but tickets may be available the day of the performances, where last-minute attempts could be worth the effort.
January 1, 2007 |
In opera, as the old adage goes, it ain't over till the fat lady sings. But in a grand experiment, one Digital Age opera performance was almost over before the proverbial fat lady could be heard. The Metropolitan Opera's first live, high-definition transmission of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" to 100 movie theaters around the world went off with a few hitches Saturday morning.
January 8, 2008 |
Los Angeles Opera will complement its previously announced 2008-09 season highlights -- a first foray into the Wagner "Ring" cycle, a new horror film-based opera and the directorial debut of Woody Allen -- mostly with revivals, the company announced Monday.
December 29, 2006 |
The overture will be missing, and some familiar music will be omitted. Giggling children are likely to be in the audience. When the Metropolitan Opera says it is trying to lower the age of its audience, it really means it. Starting today, the company presents six performances of "The Magic Flute" trimmed to 100 minutes, aimed to attract families. These will be the first English-language performances of Mozart's masterpiece staged by the company at the Met since 1977.
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January 11, 2000 |
Pacific Symphony music director Carl St.Clair will make his Opera Pacific debut conducting Mozart's "The Magic Flute" from Nov. 7-12 to kick off the Irvine-based company's four-opera season at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. The company will present three other operas--including its first performances of Verdi's "Macbeth" and Strauss' "Der Rosenkavlier"--to complete its 2000-01 season.