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25 Mar 2011

A Magical 'Flute' Without the Fanfare

By Paul Levy [WSJ, 25 March 2011]
LONDON—Is it possible to get to the essence of Mozart and his librettist Emanuel Schikaneder's opera "Die Zauberflöte"? Peter Brook's bare-boards adaptation, "A Magic Flute," at the Barbican, does just that; it strips away the Masonic lore, the sets—reduced to a forest of freestanding flexible poles—and even the orchestra.

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