The Indie Film Corner: “The Magic Flute”

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Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” will be at USCB Center For the Arts on Monday, July 1 at 7 p.m. The English movie is directed by Kenneth Branagh and conducted by James Conlon and lasts two hours, 14 minutes.

Arts-magic_fluteMozart’s classic opera “The Magic Flute” is breathtakingly transformed in a spectacular new film version conceived and directed by Kenneth Branagh, with a newly-adapted libretto by Stephen Fry.  With musical director James Conlon conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the film showcases opera stars René Pape, Tom Randle, Lyubov Petrova, Silvia Moi, Joseph Kaiser and Amy Carson in a romantic adventure story of humanity and fellowship, weaving drama with comedy.  Branagh “brings magic and a new life to Mozart,” according to Classic FM. A perennial favorite for generations of opera-goers, this production is a visually extraordinary cinematic experience that the Los Angeles Times called “exuberant!” “Branagh’s ‘Flute’ is a joy … fascinatingly re-imagines Mozart’s opera.. Branagh’s vision of the Great War is awful and magical at the same time,” said Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times.

Tickets for adults are $7, seniors $6, students $5. Call USCB Center for the Arts box office at 843-521-4145 or purchase day of performance. Box office opens one hour prior to show time.