The Magic Flute

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave, New York, NY 11217
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A divine and enduring milestone of opera, Mozart's The Magic Flute is musically rich and abundant in symbolism. Both fairy tale and timeless story of good versus evil, the work also serves as a treatise on the ideas of The Enlightenment--liberty, individualism, and scientific progress--as promoted by the Freemasons of the composer's time. In this critically acclaimed La Monnaie/De Munt production, which premiered at Belgium's famed Royal Opera House in April 2005, renowned South African visual artist/director William Kentridge sets the opera in the 19th-century, a time of seemingly limitless scientific progress. Kentridge's poetic staging features his signature charcoal drawings; projected, animated sketchbook images; and allusions to optical instruments-- including stage structure that suggests a camera's chamber.

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