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We all are familiar with titles like A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Carmen, and even The Magic Flute. While we might not be able to recite the plot word for word, these are at least productions we’ve heard of throughout our lives. Penned by the likes of Shakespeare and Mozart, these canonical works are landmarks for theatre history and remain pinnacle productions today. Isango Ensemble has continued the tradition of these great works, but with new…

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Thank you for joining us for the return of South Africa’s Isango Ensemble to Boston!   Whether you saw uCarmen or A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we hope you enjoyed the unique experience of seeing this company interpret these western classics into wholly South African events.   Did you see the company the last time they were here?   What surprised you most about what you saw?     Thanks again for coming! Share your thoughts in…

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Published Sheet Music Habanera is a bold and beautiful statement from the title character of Bizet’s Carmen. She opens with “Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame.” Translations vary describing the bird, but one thing is consistent, no one can tame it.  While the early audiences of Carmen in 1875 were unsure how to receive the complex and controversial characters, the opera has become a standard and Habanera has become its most recognizable aria….

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I arrived at the performance of Isango’s The Magic Flute feeling heavy. I’d flown from Boston over­night to Munich to be there for it. I was tired and out of sorts. And it was winter. I was cold. I was by myself in a city I’d never been to. And this performance, it seemed, was taking place in the middle of some sort of winter fair—the Munich Christmas Market—which meant I was trying to figure…

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Thank you attending the Isango Ensemble’s production of The Magic Flute! This distinct interpretation of Mozart’s classic score is for many an introduction or total reconstruction of what opera can be – please take a moment to share your thoughts!   How would you describe the experience of seeing The Magic Flute? What surprised you the most about this produciton? What opera would like to see the Isango Ensemble perform? If you could share this experience with anyone,…

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