Arizona Opera Incorporates Steampunk Style In Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'

Published: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 5:18pm
Updated: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 5:22pm
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(Photo by Tim Trumble/ Arizona Opera)
(From left) Andrea Shokery, Beth Lytwynec, David Margulis, Maria Dominique Lopez and Chad Sloan.
(Photo by Tim Trumble/ Arizona Opera)
Chad Sloan and Rhea Miller.
(Photo by Tim Trumble/ Arizona Opera)
David Margulis and the students from Arizona School for the Arts.

Arizona Opera’s newest production is Mozart’s "The Magic Flute," which was first performed in Austria in 1791.

Since the beginning, it has had a fairy tale feel, but Arizona Opera’s take brings steampunk into the mix — sort of like dropping in the influence of H.G. Wells or Jules Verne.

I went backstage at Phoenix Symphony Hall and talked steampunk style with costume designer Leslie Bernstein. 

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