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The Magic Flute

The Fickle Finger of Faith

George Heymont | Posted 01.14.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

From one-night stands to marriages that have lasted six or seven decades, romance has always been a curious ingredient in relationships. Primitive cultures that relied on agriculture for survival often practiced fertility rites designed to please the gods in the hope of being blessed with abundant crops.

San Francisco Opera's Magical Magic Flute, With Cool Animals, in English

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 10.28.2015 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Any opera (novel, movie, play) with the word magic in the title sets you up to expect just that in the story or staging. Those expectations are certainly met in the production of The Magic Flute, Mozart's final opera, currently at the War Memorial Opera House.

Baritone Efraín Solís on 'Papageno' -- Now at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 10.23.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

San Francisco Opera's revival of designer Jun Kaneko's The Magic Flute is simply the best show in town.

A Conversation With Sarah Shafer - Young Soprano Shines in 'La Ciociara' at San Francisco Opera

Sean Martinfield | Posted 06.26.2015 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Sarah Shafer is currently singing the role of "Rosetta" in the world premiere of La Ciociara (Two Women) at San Francisco Opera. A co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino, the score is by Marco Tutino as well as its libretto written in collaboration with Fabio Ceresa.

On The Future of Wagnerism, Part 3: Beckmesser, Kissinger and the Klinghoffer Controversy

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

Playing out before us is the Wagner situation redux. In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of The Death of Klinghoffer.

Dazzling Debuts Lend Panache to Washington Opera's Magic Flute

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 07.05.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Beyond the nonstop stream of colorful images, what I admired was an impressive group of artists, many of whom were making their WNO debut in this beloved Mozart work.

Singing, Dancing, and a Little Bit of Forest Hopping

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.02.2014 | Arts
Edward Goldman

And how was your holiday, my friends? Usually, I would do anything to avoid being on the road at this time of year. Sure enough, my short trip to Po...

Review: The Magic Flute at L.A. Opera

Marc Porter Zasada | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Marc Porter Zasada

It uses the latest in projection technology to create a series of whimsical animated tableau that mix 1920s silent-movie kitsch with greeting card silliness and Nightmare-Before-Christmas pop-art.

The Magic Flute Is Wonderful at L.A. Opera!

Jay Weston | Posted 02.01.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

I have seen Mozart's The Magic Flute about a dozen times over the years, and each time I wonder once again about the invisible line separating the merely brilliant innovator from the creative genius, the latter being so rare as to be almost unimaginable.

A Conversation with Lucas Meachem -- San Francisco Opera's Barber of Seville

Sean Martinfield | Posted 01.25.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

Conducted by Giuseppe Finzi and directed by Emilio Sagi, the production is a fine blend of Commedia dell'Arte Lite and drawing room humor played outside.

A Most Magical New Flute

George Heymont | Posted 08.15.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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A Stunningly Visual 'Magic Flute'

Sean Martinfield | Posted 08.28.2012 | Home
Sean Martinfield

Jun Kaneko has succeeded in creating an expression of the Totally Other that not only boggles the mind in its complexity, but says to the operatic world: The times they are a'changin'.

Mozart The Catholic: What Could Have Been

Lorenzo Candelaria | Posted 06.17.2011 | Religion
Lorenzo Candelaria

Events were once set in motion that would have changed the history of sacred music forever. But we can only guess what Mozart's popular music for Catholic liturgies would have sounded like.

First Nighter: A Puss in Boots for Children of All Ages

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Everything about Puss in Boots registers as so utterly charming that any adults viewing it without a child next to them will want desperately to bring one to the very next showing.

The Lords of The Fly

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The production contained some pre-requisites for the medium -- a tragic storyline that centered around love, sex and three principles, making it a theoretical candidate for an operatic treatment.