Saturday, September 09, 2006

The Magic Flute - The Movie

Kenneth Branagh gives Mozart's "The Magic Flute" the Hollywood treatment.

It's currently playing the Toronto International Film Festival.

"Branagh has mounted this production in as provocative a manner as Mozart did in his time, not only through modern staging but also by having it performed in English. The film features James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and a cast of rising young superstars including the Canadian tenor Joseph Kaiser, American baritone Benjamin Jay Davis and British soprano Amy Carson. If Branagh adapting Mozart might seem unlikely, he responds to the material magnificently, convincing us that this opera indeed benefits from a novel re-staging. Mozart's music has never sounded so timeless."

Details and more here.

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