Magazine article Opera Canada

Seattle

Magazine article Opera Canada

Seattle

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Director Chris Alexander's intention was to honor both the serious and the silly in Seattle Opera's production of Die Zauberflote in May Aided by set designers Robert Dahlstrom and Robert Schaub and costume designer Zandra Rhodes, he succeeded admirably, with the visual aspects of this show informed by the foursome's wildly colorful imagination and keen intelligence. From the Masonic symbolism of the interlocking pyramids and triangles of the abstract set design to the richly colored costumes that garnered Rhodes a Seattle Opera Artist of the Year award, the whole production was steeped in fantasy and allegory Where else have the wild animals calmed by Tamino's magic flute included pink and yellow monkeys or a teal-green-with-yellow-stripes crocodile?

The May 11 performance was highly polished, with an irresistible, early-in-the-run freshness. Tenor John Tessier, if a little too slavishly obedient to the written note, has a gorgeous voice and certainly looked the part of hand-some-young-prince-on-a-quest while, as Pamina, Christine Brande's lilting soprano radiated her character's inner beauty and strength. …

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