The Magic Flute: Animation by Peter Stenhouse

The Magic Flute featured as part of the 125th anniversary Gala evening at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. It was screened with a live orchestra conducted by James Levine. Creative Directors of 59 Productions, Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer conceived of a piece that would bring to life the giant mural by Marc Chagall that hangs in the Opera house lobby, and would also illustrate some of the incredible mechanisms backstage that make the Opera possible. The piece and fantastic video projection work by 59 Productions was a huge success.

"The most modern bit of stagecraft was a witty animation of the Chagall painting "The Triumph of Music," done in "Fantasia" style to the overture of "Die Zauberflote" -- it developed from a line drawing that was then suffused with color. Figures in the picture took flight and found their way on to the sides of the proscenium, and the animation segued into a dizzying, three-dimensional exploration of the Met's stage machinery."

-Wall Street Journal

Presented here is a cutdown of that animation that in its entirety ran for over 6 minutes and was projected onto the Met stage 100 feet high. created by Peter Stenhouse, with additional modeling by Bastian Klucker and Richard Thomas

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