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The Magic Flute

A dark comedy opera fused with live performance animation.
By Laetitia Laubscher
March 04, 2019
By Laetitia Laubscher
March 04, 2019

The original The Magic Flute, created by Mozart, premiered in 1791. Now the critically acclaimed British theatre group 1927 have yanked the opera into the 21st century, fusing it with live performance animation in a highly inventive modern revival.

The opera comedy The Magic Flute tells the story of a prince who goes to 'save' the daughter of a deity from a society only to find that he wants to join that society too. The head of that society sets him a set of trials to get into the society, which he fails entirely. The modern reimagination of the opera sees the Tim Burton-esque dark comedy opera paired with projected animations along the same aesthetic vein as those seen in 1920s silent movies.

The performance features opera singers from the internationally respected Komische Oper Berlin, a 75-strong chorus from Berlin and accompanying music by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

Image: Iko Freese.

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