Mozart at Angkor–A Cambodian Magic Flute will be one of the most extraordinary cultural events in modern Cambodian history. It will be a symbiosis of two stories, the Cambodian Ramayana and Mozart’s Magic Flute, featuring Cambodia’s finest performance artists, a pinpeat ensemble, a Mozart orchestra, an Australian youth choir and extraordinary soloists from all over the world. The flute’s magic has the power to turn sorrow to joy. It accompanies the journey of darkness to light, self-discovery and enlightenment. It celebrates the national pride of Cambodia and the revival and regeneration of the performing arts.
The 12th-century Chau Say Tevoda Temple at Angkor will be the ideal location for this performance: the ancient temples are a living testimony to the music, song and dance that are a striking feature of Cambodian culture, embodied in its historical and social identity.
Angkor is a magnet for more than 2 million visitors per year, drawing them to one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisation legacies and one of the jewels of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Its spiritual vibrancy, extraordinary archaeology, history and natural environmental beauty express Cambodia’s promotion of national peace and prosperity and speak to the people from many nations who daily flood its grounds.
A selection from the Mozart at Angkor–A Cambodian Magic Flute was performed in March 2018 to a packed audience in the Chaktomuk Conference Hall in Phnom Penh, with an introductory speech and salutation by H.E. Dr. Phoeurng Sackona, the Minister of Culture and Fine Arts. The performance featured Amrita dancers, a Khmer instrumental ensemble, an international vocal cast and the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by maestro Aaron Carpene.
Mozart at Angkor–A Cambodian Magic Flute is being presented in partnership with the APSARA National Authority and the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia. The Cambodia Film Commission is the production company, while the Royal University of Fine Arts provides assistance for the youth talent program.