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A Hero's Journey

By Alison Moritz, Director of  The Magic Flute “The fates lead him who will; him who won’t they drag.” - Joseph Campbell The Hero’s Journey, as examined by mythologist Joseph Campbell, includes twelve classic stages. They include a call to adventure, the refusal of the call, meeting with a mentor, tests, an ordeal, a reward, the road back, and resurrection. There are countless examples from literature and popular culture that adhere to the pattern of a classic hero’s... Read More
at Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Welcome to the Jungle!

By Alison Moritz, Director of  The Magic Flute Tuesday, November 10 Today is our last day of rehearsals in the Clark Opera Memphis Center. The scenery has arrived at the Germantown Performing Arts Center, so we’re beginning to incorporate many of the props that arrived with the set. For weeks, I’ve been particularly curious about the “remote controlled parrot” on the props list. This sounds like a pretty fun prop, right? I had assumed it would be a sort of helicopter parrot... Read More
at Thursday, November 12, 2015
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The Journey So Far

By Alison Moritz, Director of  The Magic Flute . The schedul e for this production of  The Magic Flute  has been a bit unusual. We began rehearsals last Thursday, and staged the entire opera with chorus, children, and supernumeraries only. Here’s a peek into our process so fa r:  Thursday, October 29 The day begins with me finding much needed coffee at Bluff City Coffee, just a block from where I’m staying. (My neighborhood is great! Just look... Read More
at Monday, November 2, 2015
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Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends

By Alison Moritz,  Director of The Magic Flute . For the past six weeks, the neighborhood of Belltown in Seattle has been my temporary home while I worked on a production of Bizet’s  The Pearl Fishers  at the Seattle Opera. This placard is placed above the doorway of a nearby hostel, and it seems like a fitting beginning to this behind-the-scenes series of Opera Memphis’  The Magic Flute . In 2007, I first encountered the wit and wisdom of Opera Memphis General... Read More
at Wednesday, October 28, 2015
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