When I discovered Anne of Green Gables as a child, I was inseparable from the adventures of the orphan girl who seemed to possess an ...Friday, November 08, 2013
From Avonlea to Salzburg: Discovering The Magic Flute Diaries
When I discovered Anne of Green Gables as a child, I was inseparable from the adventures of the orphan girl who seemed to possess an almost superheroine-like quality. Mighty in erudition, courage and perseverance, yet with an endearing and imaginative vulnerability, I wanted to be just like her. So, when I was contacted by Sullivan Entertainment, the company that produced Anne of Green Gables, to preview their film The Magic Flute Diaries, I was eager to once again experience the storytelling of Kevin Sullivan. And this time, it would be a love story within the context of an opera production in Mozart's native Salzburg. How exciting! Within a few days of our exchange, I received the film and its official companion book in the mail. As I reviewed these materials, I had several questions for the visionary himself, Mr. Sullivan, which he generously answered in the provided video interview.
1) Having the opportunity to combine your love of Mozart’s music with your passion for writing, producing and directing, I can only imagine what a pleasure it was for you to create The Magic Flute Diaries! What ultimately compelled you to pursue it?
2) In the official movie companion, the introductory piece communicates your personal sentiments towards The Magic Flute as being Mozart’s greatest work for the stage. Why do you feel it deserves such regard? How did you come to know and admire Mozart?
|Tamino (Warren Christie) in The Magic Flute Diaries. Image provided by Sullivan Entertainment.|
Audiences enjoy Mozart's operas as a source of entertainment and spiritual and/or philosophical nourishment. The Magic Flute Diaries honors this duality with a spectrum's shadings of comedy and reverence, technology (CGI to heighten the fantastical) and humanity. From the opening scene featuring a starry-eyed singer smitten with Mozart and his native city to the resonant conclusion, Mr. Sullivan's understanding and admiration for the composer are evident throughout the story. Mozart was his muse in every sense. I'm sincerely grateful to Mr. Sullivan and the Sullivan Entertainment team for giving me the opportunity to conduct this exclusive interview and share this film with a broader readership. It's an honor to connect with a fellow Mozartian who keenly understands and embraces the fact that his gifts in film production directly contribute to the sustainability of Mozart's audience.