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Magic Flute By The Numbers

The Magic Flute (2014); Photo: Robert Millard

The Magic Flute (2014); Photo: Robert Millard

The Magic Flute will take the stage in less than a month, sharing its roaring twenties inspired magic with Los Angeles once more. It’s exciting to see the whole production come together; it’s an elaborate one, but not in the way that you might think. Instead of giant, fantastical sets, this Magic Flute showcases a slew of projected animations, designed by filmmaker Paul Barritt, and inspired by the silent-film era.

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There are 677 digital animation cues in the whole opera (yes, opera!). But that’s not all! To evoke the era of Charlie Chaplin, Louise Brooks, and Buster Keaton, you have to have the right costumes. We have 102 original costumes made for the production, including 14 wolf masks worn by our men’s chorus. Yet, no production of Mozart’s famous comedic opera would be complete without a characteristic Monostatos (Brenton Ryan), the evil henchman, who wishes to possess Pamina (Marita Sølberg). Our Monostatos looks like he stepped out of a classic horror film (think Nosferatu with a little more mobility), helped by the 6 prosthetics required for his makeup.

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All The Stage’s A World

Production Stage Manager Lyla Forlani

Production Stage Manager Lyla Forlani

“I may not be an expert at every single detail, but I’m involved in every single thing that goes on, and that’s incredibly rewarding.”

Wrap your brain around this amazing little factoid: While many opera companies have Production Stage Managers, only very few, as in less than 20 in the whole of the U.S., have it as a full-time position instead of seasonal or contractual. LA Opera is one of those twenty and Lyla Forlani is the company’s Production Stage Manager.

Click here to read Tom Lady’s full article about Lyla on OperaLeague.org.

Tom Lady sits on the Executive Committee of the Opera League of Los Angeles and is the editor of BRAVO, the League’s newsletter. By day he works at Yahoo while at night he toils over his own writing projects.

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