Glimpse Mozart's wicked smile, as he plays tricks and catches us unawares in this vivacious new production of a timeless classic.
As the grand culmination of four decades helming famed Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, legendary director Peter Brook turns his hand to this comedic and adventurous tale with a light and effervescent touch.
Mozart's enchanting music, at first delicate and tender, then playful and humorous, takes centre stage, as a talented ensemble of young singers led by a single pianist fill the score with new energy, humanity and colour.
This is raw, intimate operatic theatre at its very best.
Friends of the Festival Artist Talk Wed 22 Feb, post-show (Free to all ticket holders)
[The] poetry is so intense that you stop breathing, so funny that you burst out laughing, so precisely written that it is the very quintessence of Mozartian opera. Mr Brook, we salute you. LE MONDE
Brook has done radical, reconstructive operatic surgery before with his company, notably on Bizet’s Carmen and Debussy’s Pelléas et Melisande. Those were remade into compelling human dramas for a new stage. But this production of Mozart's penultimate opera, is more an enchantment, perhaps on the island neighbouring the one in Shakespeare's Tempest. LOS ANGELES TIMES