MOZART AT ANGKOR – A CAMBODIAN MAGIC FLUTE
16, 18 (Gala VIP), 19, 20 November 2020
Under the auspicious patronage of
His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia
The production that astounded audiences in Phnom Penh in 2018 continues its flight towards the fully-fledged spectacle anticipated for the majestic and mysterious setting of the Chau Say Tevoda Temple at the Angkor Archeological Park. The narrative grandeur of Cambodia’s epic poem the Reamker is woven into Mozart’s most popular and endearing opera, the Magic Flute. In a journey from darkness to light, of self-discovery and the triumph of good over evil, Tamino and Pamina find their alter egos in Prince Preah Ream (Rama) and Queen Neang Seda (Sita) as they search for truth, liberty, justice and love. Their path towards enlightenment, accompanied by Papageno is met with a host of birds and animals, the dastardly Monostatos comes with a horde of cheeky flea-ridden monkey dancers and the operatic highpoint of the Queen of the Night’s arias enthral with the accompaniment of Khmer classical dance in all its power and grace.
The unprecedented and spectacular tropical forest setting in all its mystery and luxuriant vigour is the location for an opera the world has never seen, complete with a full Cambodian traditional instrumental ensemble, a Mozartian orchestra, an international cast of singers and UNESCO’s listed Intangible Cultural Heritage treasures of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Sbek Thom, Lkhon Kohl and Chapei Dang Veng.
Mozart at Angkor–A Cambodian Magic Flute, under the auspicious patronage of His Majesty Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia, is being presented in partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia, the Ministry of Tourism, APSARA National Authority, UNESCO and the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh. It is produced by the Cambodia Film Commission and FROLIC inc.
“A genius display of talents and creative minds that have succeeded to leap past the hurdles of personal, cultural and language differences, and the very fact that such genre of performing arts is relatively new to eyes of its expected audience. It was a celebration of art beyond art.”
Agnes Alpuerto / Khmer Times, March 2018
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