2019 Mostly Mozart Festival to Include New York Premieres of Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute and The Black Clown | Playbill

Classic Arts News 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival to Include New York Premieres of Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute and The Black Clown The summer festival will also feature the U.S. premiere of the dance-theatre piece Under Siege.
Komische Oper Berlin’s The Magic Flute Michal Daniel

The Mostly Mozart Festival will return to Lincoln Center July 10–August 10 with a lineup of programming spanning symphony, dance, opera, and theatre.

Festival highlights include Komische Oper Berlin’s staging of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, directed by Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade with animations Paul Barritt. Hand-drawn illustrations come to life in the large-scale production, conceived as an homage to 1920s silent films and Weimar cabaret. Performances run July 17–20 at the David H. Koch Theater.

Also planned is the New York premiere of American Repertory Theater’s The Black Crown, running July 24–27 at John Jay College. Creators Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter draw upon vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, New Orleans brass bands, and spirituals to bring Langston Hughes' epic poem to life.

China’s Yang Liping Contemporary Dance will present the U.S. premiere of Under Siege, featuring scenic design by Oscar winner Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Running August 8–10, the piece portrays Chinese history with the climactic battle between the Chu and Han armies in 202 B.C.

London’s Olivier Award-winning Boy Blue return with Blak Whyte Grey, infusing hip-hop dance with African-inspired grooves to create performances pulsing with physical virtuosity. Performances run August 1–3.

Additional highlights include a Dvořák program from Joshua Bell, Vivaldi's The Four Seasons conducted by Andrew Manze and featuring violinist Pekka Kuusisto and bassist Knut Erik Sundquist, and the world premiere of Sport—set to Satie's Sports et divertissements—from Mark Morris Dance Group.

For a complete list of 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival Programming, visit MostlyMozartFestival.org.


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