FGO serves up an entertaining and spectacular “Magic


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Florida Grand Opera’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ runs through Feb. 16 at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami and Feb. 21 and 23 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. fgo.org; 800-741-1010.

South Florida Classical Review

Florida Grand Opera’s imaginative, hugely entertaining production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute begins unpromisingly with one of the oldest tricks of revisionist stage directors: Framing the opera as a dream.

As the overture starts, the curtain at the Arsht Center in Miami rises and we see a modern bedroom. The tenor Andrew Bidlack, looking far too old to be anyone’s child, sits there as his father enters, reaches into a case marked with the Masonic square and compass and brings out a book entitled The Magic Flute. After reading himself to sleep, the boy experiences a nightmare about being pursued by a dragon and sings the opera’s opening words, “Zu Hilfe! Zu Hilfe!” (Help! Help!). From there unfolds the story of a queen of malevolent motives (if elaborate coloratura), a wise king and the boy’s adventure of rescue, ritual initiation, romance and personal discovery.

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