Constance and I have been impatiently waiting for the live performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute by our local Opera company – Pacific Opera Victoria!
We do appreciate that POV always makes an effort to make opera work for a small stage and tiny orchestra pit. The results are sometimes impressive, sometimes laughable – last night we found the sets and costumes more distracting than complimentary, almost incoherent. The music was, of course, charming. The story is an 18th century Masonic version of a fairy tale, so it is taken for granted that women, uneducated people and foreigners are untrustworthy – unpalatable assumptions today. Well, we don’t go to the opera because the story makes sense!
Our favourite parts of the staging were Papageno’s Origami birds, and seeing the Queen of the Night in a two-story tall dress…we wish there had been more of a dragon! Still, we liked the monks with their light sabres, three ladies dishing out bad advice, three spirits good advice, and the hero and heroine struggling through dark moments before they reach the light!
Long live the arts, local live entertainment, and working to end darkness and return to light!
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