Opera Omaha Co-Production of ‘The Magic Flute’ Casts Enchanting Spell
Let me start by saying that I don’t know enough about the art form of opera to intelligently review an opera, any opera, but I do know a thing or two about theater, and opera is music theater. For what it’s worth then I can add my enthusiastic thumbs up to the new Opera Omaha co-production of The Magic Flute. I saw the Sunday, Feb. 24 matinee performance at the Orpheum Theater and I can report that the aspects of the show that I knew the most about going in, which were also those that I most anticipated, namely artist Jun Kaneko‘s designs, beautifully complemented and propelled the music and story. His animated set designs and costume designs were highly expressive yet never detracted from the music or the action. His work truly helped to set the mood and to draw us in into the emotional life of characters and incidents. The other aspects of the produciton looked and sounded just as pleasing to me as the designs did and they all worked in unison together to cast an enchanting spell. It was a thoroughly delightful experience that I had the pleasure of sharing with my girlfriend, Carole Jeanpierre, who has a lovely operatic voice and is composing an original opera of her own. More to come on all that in future posts.