The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater): Thoughtfully Modern Production Keeps This Classic Engaging

The Magic Flute (Chicago Opera Theater): Thoughtfully Modern Production Keeps This Classic Engaging

Reviewed by Jasleen Jaswal Vines

Chicago Opera Theater’s The Magic Flute (in English with English subtitles) is the third time Mozart’s final opera has been produced in Chicago in the last year – but believe me when I say this production is not to be missed. Gone are traditional, staid costumes and by-the-book staging, as seen earlier this year at the Lyric Opera. Instead, director Michael Gieleta, scenic designer James Macnamara, lighting designer Julian Pike, and costume designer Gregory Gale choose to challenge their audience with an innovative and interesting production populated by a diverse cast.

Costume influences range from steampunk to military to Hare Krishna, revealing each character’s true nature. The set evokes a sense of being aloft in space, with planets hung from the ceiling and half-orbs pushing up from the ground. A creative use of lighting and screens allows scenes set offstage to play out for the audience.

Read the rest of Jasleen's review at Chicago Theater Beat.

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