Review: <i>The Magic Flute</i> at L.A. Opera
Huffington Post - about 3 years
First appeared in L.A. Downtown News
Who knew that the über-hip had a sense of humor? Run, don't walk to the nearest browser and get your tickets to The Magic Flute, re-imaged by the cutting edge "1927" animation arts group, and now onstage at L.A. Opera. This one is a pure delight -- from wild stagecraft to exuberant song. It's a total reboot, and somewhere, up in musical heaven, Wolfgang is smiling. The Queen of the Night, part human, part cartoon, makes trouble.
From its first performance on September 30, 1791, The Magic Flute has been the special effects opera. A musical canvas on which artists painted crazy pictures. It opens with a prince battling a dragon, and as he seeks the enlightenment values of wisdom, courage and virtue (definitely capitalized by the composer), he encounters magical beasts, a bird-man, a bird-woman, trials by fire and water and of course, the Queen of the Night. The music itself is peppered with special effects: The highest note sung by a coloratura
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