Directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser bring new life to a familiar work in their production of Mozart's Die Zauberflote, an opera we know as The Magic Flute. Always working together, this duo looks forward to coming back to Charleston for the sights of a bustling city, sounds of peace at Folly Beach, tastes of Hominy Grill's shrimp and grits, and smells of jasmine blooming. They chat with Frank Dominguez about the magic of the theatre from Mozart's time up until now and how their production of The Magic Flute glorifies it.
Baritone Ruben Drole, Papegeno in the opera, plays a sing-songy bird catcher. He chats with Sam van Hallgren about some "flighty" surprises involving live birds on stage at the Sottile this year as well as his experiences in Charleston.
Richly woven with ritual and symbolism, Mozart's final operatic masterpiece creates an enchanted world where a noble prince searches for his beautiful princess, a blundering bird-catcher seeks a mate, and an evil queen schemes against the forces of good. Reason triumphs over chaos in this most beloved of Mozart's operas.
This production of The Magic Flute was originally created by Angers-Nantes Opera. Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier direct. Steven Sloane, with assistant conductor Harry Curtis, conduct the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra.
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