Magazine article Opera Canada

France: Paris

Magazine article Opera Canada

France: Paris

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Parisian opera lovers will certainly not miss the "Mattress Show" Die Zauberflote when it decamps, with L'Opera National de Paris's director, to Madrid next season. It is at the top of the list of Gerard Mortier's many failures, and one can only sympathize with the singers, who have to precariously walk, roll and stand on these outsized inflatable mattresses. It was revived, certainly for the last time in Paris, and I saw it Dec. 10.

The Spanish theater troupe La Furadels Baus, in its first operatic effort, projected banal text on the walls and kept things busy on the cinemascope stage of the Bastille, denuded expect for the giant plastic shapes that are hoisted up and down, deflate or swell and, like a sponge, soak up vocal effort. With the more intimate Palais Garnier available, why Mozart would be done in the largest opera house in Europe is also a source of wonderment.

The dialogue was over-amplified, the orchestra (conducted with little distinction by Thomas Hengelbrock) pumped up to Wagnerian size and the chorus doubled. When singers sing, their efforts seem distinctly small scale--almost an after thought--and delicious moments, like the duet "Bei Mannern welche Liebe fuhlen," are usually marred by mattresses being hefted by dozens of stagehands. …

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