The centerpiece of Achim Freyer's colorful and hilarious staging of Mozart's Magic Flute is a great raked circle. It's inspired by the traditional one-ring circuses of Europe. Freyer says his production concept is that his cast is actually a troupe of traveling circus folk. They pitch their gaudy tent wherever they find a ready audience. Last summer at the Salzburg Festival, they didn't put up the tent in an open field, nor in a theatre: Freyer had to adapt a steel-and-glass exhibition hall ...

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