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Review: "The Magic Flute"

West Bay Opera's "The Magic Flute' boasts fine voices, lush music, fanciful sets and lots of jokes

There have been much more lavish (and expensive) productions of Mozart's most popular work, but Palo Alto's plucky West Bay Opera continues to amaze with its ambitious mounting of this most complex operatic masterwork, "Die Zauberflote" ("The Magic Flute'). WBO General Director José Luis Moscovich rounded up a talented, creative team headed by director Daniel Witzke. The well-balanced cast of singers, led by the stellar comic-baritone Eugene Brancoveano, in his debut with the company, delighted a sold-out Lucie Stern Theatre last Friday. It is likely to be a hot ticket for the remaining three stagings of the four-performance run, which ends June 1. It is in German with English supertitles.

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