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Published on August 14, 2019

Mozart at Angkor (MAA)


Mozart at Angkor (MAA) —A Cambodian Magic Flute integrates Cambodian performing arts into Mozart’s much-loved opera, The Magic Flute. The sublime and mysterious temple of Chau Say Tevoda in Angkor is the perfect setting for this event, underlining the spiritual, cultural and historic significance of this World Heritage site and the need to maintain and preserve it for generations to come. 

MAA is a symbiosis of two stories, the Cambodian Ramayana (known in Cambodia as the Reamker) and Mozart’s Magic Flute, featuring Cambodia’s finest performance artists, a pinpeat ensemble, a Mozart orchestra, an Australian youth choir and extraordinary soloists from all over the world. The flute’s magic has the power to turn sorrow to joy. It accompanies the journey of darkness to light, self-discovery and enlightenment. It celebrates the national pride of Cambodia and the revival and regeneration of the performing arts.

Mozart at Angkor is under the auspicious Royal Patronage of His Majesty, NORODOM Sihamoni, the King of Cambodia who has confirmed to attend the Gala premiere. The conductor is Aaron Carpenè (Australia), stage director, Stefano Vizioli (Italy) and

Choreographer is NAM Narim (Cambodia). The Cambodian and international artistic teams include 12 international soloists, The Thai Philharmonic Orchestra, 24-member chorus, 19-member Cambodian dance ensemble, 9-member Pinpeat Ensemble, Royal Ballet of Cambodia, Sbek Thom (shadow puppet theatre) and Lkhon Khol (masked theatre).

Event partners are: the APSARA National Authority, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia, the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, UNESCO and Bophana. It is produced by the Cambodia Film Commission and FROLIC Inc.

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