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Title: "The Magic Flute" from Komische Oper Berlin
Post by: Brewski on July 23, 2019, 05:02:27 AM
Though much of my writing these days is behind a paywall, here's an article that isn't! I loved this production, with a handful of caveats.

http://seenandheard-international.com/2019/07/komische-oper-berlins-dazzling-tech-savvy-magic-flute-arrives-in-new-york/

--Bruce
Title: Re: "The Magic Flute" from Komische Oper Berlin
Post by: ritter on July 23, 2019, 05:17:55 AM
Though much of my writing these days is behind a paywall, here's an article that isn't! I loved this production, with a handful of caveats.

http://seenandheard-international.com/2019/07/komische-oper-berlins-dazzling-tech-savvy-magic-flute-arrives-in-new-york/

--Bruce
Thanks for the review, Bruce. A great read  :). I missed that production when it was given here in Madrid some four year ago (to mixed reviews, the main objection being the deletion of the dialogues and the consequent alteration of the work's flow), but it'll be revived next season, so I might make it this time around. Barrie Kosky's production of Die Meistersinger in Bayreuth (which I saw last summer, and is also avaialble on DVD) is extrarodinary, and one I'll remember for a long time to come...
Title: Re: "The Magic Flute" from Komische Oper Berlin
Post by: Brewski on July 23, 2019, 05:42:44 AM
Thanks for the review, Bruce. I great read  :). I missed that production when it was given here in Madrid some four year ago (to mixed reviews, the main objection being the deletion of the dialogues and the consequent alteration of the work's flow), but it'll be revived next season, so I might make it this time around. Barrie Kosky's production of Die Meistersinger in Bayreuth (which I saw last summer, and is also avaialble on DVD) is extrarodinary, and one I'll remember for a long time to come...

Thank you for reading, Rafael! Yes, purists no doubt have complaints about the production -- the amplification is a big one -- but let's face it: someone new to opera might be really happy with it, and eager to explore more.

And I've heard great things about that Meistersinger, including "best I have ever seen." Since there's a DVD, I'll have to check that out -- thanks for mentioning.

Kosky and 1927 have also done a double bill of Stravinsky's Petrushka and Ravel's L'enfant et les sortil├Ęges -- that sounds pretty marvelous, too.

--Bruce