A very exciting production is being developed in Cambodia and on Monday 3 April there is a delectable introduction to the work.
Mozart’s famous piece The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte) will soon be unveiled in a special version dubbed, The Cambodian Magic Flute, featuring traditional Khmer instruments, dance and puppetry.
Forming in 2015, the Mozart at Angkor project group have been working hard on this production. Monday’s event will be the first sample of what’s to come, featuring baritone singer Martin Ng and accompanied by piano. Ng will play the role of Papagano in the final production in December. This is a rare treat in Siem Reap, and it’s important to book.
Navutu Dreams will host this intimate preliminary performance in their garden setting, and the audience will be further treated to sparkling wine and canapés.
The major project, being performed in December, intends to bring an international cast and orchestra together with local talents under the guiding hands of well-known Italian opera director, Stefano Vizioli and Australian-Italian conductor, Aaron Carpene.
An important contributor to the Mozart at Angkor project, and the revival of Khmer arts in general, is Amrita Performing Arts group. There is a lot of passion amongst the artists for this classical music and in being able to put a very Cambodian influence on it. Robam boran (Cambodian classical dance) and sbaek thom (leather shadow puppetry) will feature in the operatic performance later this year.
The APSARA Authority have granted access to the Angkor Park for this special performance, that will be a treat for just 500 guests.
The opera will bring together Cambodian actors, dancers, puppeteers, singers and instrumentalists, along with theatre and opera professionals from around Southeast Asian and beyond. The performance will be in both English and Cambodian, and at least five operatic roles will be sung by Cambodians.
The Cambodian Magic Flute will be performed at 12th century temple of Chau Say Tevoda in Angkor National Park in December.
Exact dates are yet to be announced, so add your email address to be kept informed about the performance. http://www.mozartatangkor.org/#GetInvolved
- Martin Ng at Navutu Dreams, Monday 3rd April, 6.30pm-8.15pm
- The Cambodian Magic Flute at Chau Say Tevoda in Angkor National Park, December, dates to be confirmed.