Mozart is the king of comedy. His Così fan tutte is a comedic battle of the sexes in the style of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. In September 2011, LA Opera presented Così fan tutte for the first time in 15 years. The story begins when two young men go undercover to test the fidelity of their fiancées. Not to be outdone, the women put up a good fight against false seduction, but will they prove faithful? Filled with ravishingly beautiful music and sparkling wit, Così fan tutte features a funny, clever plot that was bracing and politically incorrect, even in Mozart’s day.
Sad you can’t see Mozart’s riotous Così fan tutte this season? Have no fear! Another wildly popular Mozart comedy, The Magic Flute, returns to LA Opera in February ready to inspire audiences with the spirit of the silent-film era. Below we’ve collected a few articles to get you into The Magic Flute spirit:
Designing The Magic Flute: Roaring Twenties Fantasy Film – via LA Opera Blog
The Magic Flute is a roaring-twenties set vision. It has the beauty of a classic Louise Brooks film (like Pandora’s Box) , but live. Here, the production team – Suzanne Andrade, Barrie Kosky, and Paul Barritt – talk about the concept behind their vision for Mozart’s fantasy opera.
Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of The Magic Flute – via LA Opera Blog
Our 2014 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute marked the first time in opera that all physical scenery was entirely replaced by video projection. A marvel of Suzanne Andrade and Barrie Kosky’s inspiration, this Flute took us back to the Roaring Twenties in cinematic style. Take a sneak peek behind-the-scenes below to see how some of the tech for the show works.
The 100 Best Silent Films of All Time – via Paste Magazine
The era of silent cinema was one of the most creative periods in human history. In not much more than 30 years, a new visual vocabulary was invented, explored to the fullest and even deconstructed. Genres formed as the medium was used for entertainment, politics, education, propaganda and experimentation. The challenge of visual storytelling without sound pushed filmmakers to find new ways to tell stories and communicate ideas.