Rebecca Krouner

The Magic Flute

The contrasts between "high" and "low" art, the sublime and the ridiculous, the earthy and the divine in Mozart's final opera The Magic Flute are all on display in the San Francisco Opera's current production. The Magic Flute can be considered a bipolar composition, beginning as a humorous and lively fairy tale and ending as a moral and spiritual lesson. This production, designed by Gerald Scarfe for the Los Angeles Opera in 1992 and fully refurbished for this run, conveys both aspects of the opera with moments of sublime transcendence and delightful comedy.