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Destination LA: Make a Quick Getaway to See “Magic Flute”

As we have noted in past Bay Crossings travel features, Destination LA is a natural for our readers to get away from it all without making elaborate flight plans.

Granted, one can’t reach SoCal via ferry, but taking a direct Delta Airlines flight is a snap.

Need a reason?

Opera fans certainly don’t.

The Magic Flute staged again by this city’s remarkable company is a multimedia delight.

That said, opera purists must not dismiss this as a mere tribute to Hollywood silent film making, either.

Now through December 15, this highly nuanced production is drawing record crowds.

Created by groundbreaking stage director Barrie Kosky (whose La Bohème opened LAO’s season) and the masterminds behind the British theater company known as 1927, the revolutionary staging is unlike anything encountered before on the operatic stage.

The singers perform in front of a huge screen, interacting in real time with animations projected all around them, creating the impression that gigantic comic strip collages are coming to life before your eyes.

(Hello, San Francisco Silent Film Festival!)

First unveiled at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012, this reimagining of Mozart’s masterpiece has taken the world by storm, seen by more than 350,000 in more than two dozen cities on four continents.

In 2013, LA Opera presented the first performances outside Berlin, with a subsequent revival in 2016.