MOZART could have turned "all of the above"
into an opera for all seasons and for all ages. Over 200 years later,
"The Magic Flute" (or Die Zauberflöte)
is still staged year in and year out by opera houses all over the
In Southern California alone, by the end of January 2001 there will
have been there different productions in the last 3 years:
Los Angeles Opera's production played to sold-out audiences
in the 1997-98 season. In November 2000, "The Magic Flute"
(in English, with spectacular sets by Maurice Sendak) opened Opera
Pacific's current season .
20, 2001 San Diego Opera kicked off its season with a production
that was full of exotic and delightfully outrageous surprises. The
opera - with its bizarre mix of sorcery and morality, of dungeons
of darkness and temples of light, of menacing dragons and friendly
furry or feathered creatures, of scheming villains and high-minded
high priests, of a beautiful princess (saved by a handsome prince)
and a wicked Queen of the night - was just the vehicle to fire up
a costume designer's imagination. As it did Zandra Rhodes' - the famed
British fashion designer acclaimed for her outrageously chic designs
of the punk era. Of course the centerpiece as always was Mozart's
beautiful, wide-ranging music. But when the curtain opened, all eyes
were on the costumes created by Zandra Rhodes, shown at left with
her trademark pink hair. This was her first foray into costume design
for the operatic stage and, as her sketches above show, in opera her
boundless, theatrical imagination met its match. It is safe to say
that her first design for opera certainly won't be her last.
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