Sunday, October 14, 2007
The Magic Flute
I vowed years ago never to see Mozart's penultimate opera, "The Magic Flute," ever again. It's a German comedy, which is an oxymoron, the second act's Masonic rituals seem to go on forever, Papageno's schtick gets tiring really fast, and fill in your own complaints. However, being inside of a "Magic Flute" production is an entirely different matter. Playing both a supernumerary slave (above) and a priest in a production that opened on Saturday night at the San Francisco Opera has been some of the most fun I've had in my life. The music may be the best that Mozart ever wrote, which is saying something, and the cast that sang it in a witty and colorful Gerald Scarfe (the London illustrator) production tonight is as good as any Mozart cast I've heard in this house.
If you can bear to sit through another "Magic Flute" performance, it's highly recommended.