Okay, quick disclaimer: I’m talking about European-style opera here. Cambodia has a rich performance history blending theatre and singing, but it’s never staged an opera.
The really exciting thing about this project, which is a version of Mozart’s Magic Flute that’s taken years to put together, is that it isn’t just plonking Mozart in the Kingdom of Wonder. The team have carefully woven together Mozart’s music with traditional Cambodian music and instruments, and reimagined the story as the tale of Rama and Sita from Hindu myth. Oh, and the ultimate show will be staged in an actual Angkor Temple. Amazing.
Anyway, I wrote all about it here. Enjoy!