The operatic event Mozart at Angkor blends two stories, the Reamker and Mozart’s Magic Flute to represent a journey from darkness to light, self-discovery and the triumph of good over evil. Hailed by the BBC Music Magazine as an event not to be missed, a stellar cast of Cambodian and international artists come together in the setting of the legendary Angkor temples for this once-in-a-lifetime production.
Performances of A Cambodian Magic Flute take place at Chau Say Tevoda Temple, a 12th-century Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu in Angkor Archaeological Park.
The production features more than 50 traditional Cambodian musicians and dancers participating in an international cast of 120 performers, directed by Stefano Vizioli and conducted by Aaron Carpenè. The operatic writing of Mozart is fused with traditional Cambodian music featuring The Pin Peat Ensemble, directed by Keo Dorivan, while eight Cambodian players on western instruments join the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.
Under choreographer Nam Narim, the Mozart at Angkor Dance Ensemble performs the art of the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, joined by two Yikè artists and their popular form of Cambodian musical theatre. The performance features several UNESCO-listed Intangible Cultural Heritage treasures in need of urgent safeguarding: the Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Sbek Thom (shadow theatre), Lkhon Kohl (masked dance), and the musical storytelling tradition of ChapeiDang Veng.
According to southeastasiaglobe.com