The Magic Flute

Music, Classical and opera
4 out of 5 stars
opera philadelphia o17 festival
Photograph: Robert Millard

Nothing’s more traditional than Mozart, right? Except that this, his final opera, unfolds as a strange allegorical fairy tale. Fans of Broadway may recognize the opera’s early incorporation of song and spoken dialogue as a precursor to the modern musical. This multimedia production, helmed by directors Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky, takes that a step further by evoking the mythology of American cinema with hat tips to everyone from Charlie Chaplin to David Lynch.

By: David Fox

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