SINGSPIEL (12 Scrabble points) – German – A singspiel, which literally translates to “sing-play” is a German comic opera that mixes spoken dialogue with singing. Singspiels are folkloric in nature, often having fantasy elements. If you are slightly more inclined towards musical theater, then singspiels are the opera genre for you. Famous singspiels include Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio (coming next season) and The Magic Flute (though our upcoming production has taken out the dialogue).
Excited about our upcoming singspiels? Learn more below.
We’ve finally announced the 2016/2017 season and it’s going to be a big one. There are six mainstage operas (including The Abduction from the Seraglio), a semi-staged concert, and stellar off-grand productions to enjoy starting September 17.
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.
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 1927 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.