The very last opera written by master composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is entitled ‘The Magic Flute.’ Taking place over two acts, ‘The Magic Flute’ recounts the story of an enchanted universe filled with princes, queens, evildoers and — of course — magic.
For those who have never seen ‘The Magic Flute,’ the city of Paris proposes an extraordinary way to discover the opera — outdoors and under the stars. This is all thanks to an outdoor opera company, directed by Francis Huster and Steve Suissa, that is touring Paris and the surrounding areas in order to bring the magical show to eager audiences. The last opera to be performed by the Opéra en Plein Air (French for the ‘outdoor opera’) was Aïda, which turned out to be a hit among spectators.
With a mix of fantasy and foibles, Mozart weaves a brilliant musical story while also bringing out the sentimental sides of his characters. He tells the classic story of a prince attempting to rescue a princess and does so with good nature and grace, yet without taking his subject matter too seriously. And all of this occurs against a backdrop of music composed by a man who possessed what is arguably the biggest musical talent the world has ever seen.
The Opéra en Plein Air will bring ‘The Magic Flute’ to places such as the Château de Vincennes and the Château de Fontainebleau, both of which are near Paris and are in themselves interesting castles to visit during a trip. However, guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can also catch a show right near their rooms, as ‘The Magic Flute’ will come to Les Invalides, located right near the hotel in the 7th arrondissement.
Shows run from now until September 21, 2013, with the performances at Les Invalides taking place from September 10 to September 14. Those who wish to reserve tickets should do so in advance by visiting the show’s website (in French).