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Press Release: LA Opera presents revival of 2013 hit "The Magic Flute"

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LA Opera Presents Revival of 2013 The Magic Flute

James Conlon conducts production that features
onstage performers interacting with projected animation

(Los Angeles) January 20, 2016 — LA Opera's 30th Anniversary Season continues with an eagerly anticipated revival of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Magic Flute, a production that created a sensation here in 2013, when it sold out its entire run.

Conducted by James Conlon, The Magic Flute will have six performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, 90012) from February 13 through March 6, 2016. 

About the Production
A dazzling celebration of true love conquering all, The Magic Flute transports audiences into an unconventional fantasy world. Dreamed up by stage director Barrie Kosky and the masterminds behind the British theater company known as 1927—director Suzanne Andrade and filmmaker Paul Barritt—the revolutionary staging creates the impression that huge comic strip collages have come to life before your eyes. The singers, positioned in front of a huge screen, interact in real time with hand-drawn animation projected all around them, transforming the most frequently performed of all German operas into an exciting new experience unlike anything encountered before on the operatic stage.

First unveiled at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012, this reimagining of The Magic Flute  has taken the world by storm. In 2013, LA Opera presented the first performances seen outside Berlin, with subsequent presentations in Minneapolis, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Edinburgh and Madrid, and future performances scheduled for Helsinki and Barcelona.

The Cast
Norwegian soprano Marita Sølberg makes her company debut as Pamina, with tenor Ben Bliss (an alumnus of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program) as Tamino. Baritone Jonathan Michie returns as the lovable birdcatcher Papageno, with German bass Wilhelm Schwinghammer making his company debut as wise Sarastro.

The cast also features three current members of LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist program in leading roles: soprano So Young Park as the Queen of the Night, tenor Brenton Ryan as Monostatos and soprano Vanessa Becerra as Papagena. Greek soprano Christina Poulitsi will make her company debut as the Queen of the Night on February 28.

For complete casting and additional information, visit LAOpera.org/Flute.

The Creative Team
James Conlon conducts a production by Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky, featuring animation designed by Paul Barritt. The scenery and costumes were designed by Esther Bialas. The chorus director is Grant Gershon.

Performance Dates and Times
There will be six performances of The Magic Flute at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion:

•    Saturday, February 13, 2016, at 7:30pm
•    Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 7:30pm
•    Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, February 28, 2016, at 2pm
•    Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 7:30pm
•    Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 2pm

Tickets are on sale now. Tickets begin at $20 and can be purchased in person at the LA Opera Box Office at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, by phone at 213.972.8001 or online at LAOpera.org. For disability access, call 213.972.0777 or email LAOpera@LAOpera.org.

To download production and artist photographs for The Magic Flute, click here.

Production made possible by generous support from The Carol and Warner Henry Production Fund for Mozarts Opera.

Support for Maestro Conlon's conducting provided by James and Ellen Straus.

LA Opera is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the greater Los Angeles community.

 Rolex is the Official Timepiece of LA Opera.
Yamaha is the Official Piano of LA Opera.

LA Opera Media Contact:
Fran Rizzi, Director of Public Relations
frizzi@laopera.org | 213.972.7554


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