The Magic Flute Review
November 28, 2011
“Art is one way whereby man seeks to understand the world.”. This is a quote from Oscar Brockett’s book, The Essential Theater. Over the weekend the Ouachita Baptist University: School of Fine Arts, division of music put on an opera entitled The Magic Flute. Originally composed by Mozart, the students in the production did an excellent job of bringing his composition to life. Going into the opera, my expectations were high as always, but I did not expect what awaited me during the performance. The talent the students had shown were so professional. I was absolutely blown away by the beautiful and incredibly powerful voices that made this opera come to life on stage. The acting was well portrayed and the individuals who played the lead roles did an excellent job of connecting with their characters to connect the audience with their characters.
After reading Brockett’s chapter on theatre, he made a statement that “As in life, it is through listening and watching that we come to know characters both externally and internally. What we learn about their minds, personalities, and motivations come from what they say and do and from what others tell us about them. Thus we absorb a theatrical performance the way we do a scene from real life.”. In my experience with the audience, it made the opera more enjoyable knowing that the audience around me were all connecting in similar ways to the play and actors through the joyfulness, laughter, and temporary sadness. The more an audience enjoys the performance, the most likely it will be for anyone else around them to also enjoy it. Just as Tolstoy mentions in his writing of What is Art?, he says “it is this capacity of man to receive another man’s expression of feeling, and experience those feelings himself, that the activity of art is based.”. On the night which I attended, this was the case. Much of the audience simply...
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