Ethereal swaths of smoke combine to form familiar yet odd images: flowers that grow in slow motion as if by magic, elephants floating in cocktail glasses, flying flutes, dancing bells, an enigmatic black cat—anything is possible in LA Opera’s new staging of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Created by the British theater group 1927 in collaboration with Barrie Kosky, artistic director of the Komische Oper in Berlin, the staging had its production premiere in that city last year, playing to sold-out houses and rave reviews. London’s The Guardian described 1927’s distinctive aesthetic: “A perfect mixture of all the things worth loving: silent films, the cabaret of the Weimar Republic, David Lynch and the Brothers Grimm.” (To view a video preview, click here.)
The extraordinary, unconventional fantasy worlds dreamed up by the artistic directors of 1927—director Suzanne Andrade and filmmaker Paul Barritt, employing a combination of animated film and live performers—create the impression that huge comic strip collages have come to life. The singers, positioned in front of a huge screen, interact with the images projected around them, all in real time. The most frequently performed of all German operas is thus transformed into an exciting new experience unlike anything encountered before on the operatic stage.
And now LA Opera presents the first performances of this staging seen outside Berlin, for a limited run of six performances (November 23 through December 15), conducted by LA Opera Music Director James Conlon. For more information about The Magic Flute, click here.