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The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute is back at ArtsEmerson, giving audiences a chance to yet again dance along to Mozart. We are thrilled to bring this show and Isango Ensemble back to Boston, reflecting on the joy this company brings to our stages. We’d love to know your thoughts and open up a dialogue about The Magic Flute. Below, we have some prompts for you to get the conversation started. Feel free to leave a comment on…

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The Magic Flute is a title that many recognize, or at least have heard in reference to operatic history, Mozart’s compositions, or even seen it on a marquee as they passed by the theatre. There also often is a certain connotation of inaccessibility attached to classic works, and in opera especially. However, Isango Ensemble’s The Magic Flute opens up a dialogue about language, access, and storytelling beyond words. “It was very important, I felt, that…

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On November 6th, the stunning reimagining of Mozart’s famed opera, The Magic Flute, arrives on the shoulders of virtuosic South African troupe, Isango Ensemble. The Magic Flute has been transposed into languages cinematic, musical, and novel, and as we turn back the clock, it’s our pleasure to revisit Mozart’s final opera composition in all of its lush transformations and fairy-tale mastery.  The Magic Flute film, helmed by the great Swedish director Ingar Bergman, uses its…

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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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As a presenting organization, we face an interesting challenge when it comes to talking about productions. Often only one or two members of the staff have actually seen what comes on our stages before it arrives. The rest settle for detailed scouting reports (Click here for David Dower’s thoughts) and videos shared by the companies. As we write marketing blurbs and talk to audiences, it can be difficult to feel like we are really doing…

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