Papagena

The Fenimore Art Museum and The Glimmerglass Opera 

Opera by the Lake: 

As summer rolls in, and New York City heats up, many a city dweller retreats to the cooler climes of upstate New York. 

The summer here in Cooperstown is full of: baseball, museums, the lake and… Opera?  

Thats right- situated a few miles down the lake is the Glimmerglass Opera  which has provided our region with world class performances for 40 years. The Fenimore Art Museum has teamed up with the Glimmerglass Opera for several seasons, featuring costumes from famous New York City stage production. 

The 2015 season is no different. As The Glimmerglass Opera prepares to stage its intepretaion of Mozart’s The Magic Flute; the Fenimore Art Museum has borrowed a set of stunning costumes from the Metropolitan Opera

(Above): Papagena Costume, 1967.  Designed by Marc Chagall.  Worn by Loretta Di Franco. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Archives.

Opera and the art of Marc Chagall

On view at the Fenimore Art Museum are  artifacts associated with the Metropolitan Opera’s 1967 production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, which featured famed artist Marc Chagall overseeing all aspects of artistic design.  Every item Chagall created for the production, from the costumes and backdrops to the visuals for publicity, boldly reflected his eye-catching style, which took an already colorful 18th-century masterpiece to even loftier creative heights.

The exhibition features six vibrant costumes and four fantastical masks, each designed and hand-painted by Chagall himself.  Alongside are photographs and other related artifacts that assist in telling the story of his influence on this particular production.  The pieces are on loan from the Metropolitan Opera.

(Above) Die Zauberflöte: Queen of the Night Costume, 1967. Designed by Marc Chagall. Worn by Lucia Popp. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera Archives.          

“The Birdcatchers”
Art by Elisabeth Alba
Papageno and Papagena from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”
Watercolor and colored pencil.

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Mozart mode on! Good morning followers

OMG SO I JUST REALISED THAT THE RHYTHM OF THE PAPAGENA/PAPAGENO DUET IN THE MAGIC FLUTE ACTUALLY PERFECTLY FITS THESE WEIRD TWERKY JERKY HEAD MOVEMENTS THAT BIRDS MAKE AND I CAN’T BELIEVE I’M THE ONLY ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT GUYS YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY THIS MAKES ME MY WHOLE LIFE MAKES SENSE ALL OF A SUDDEN I’M JUST LIKE

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For the love of everything holy yes.

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This is my latest duet obsession! Thanks to my music teacher, this is officially the funniest operatic and GERMAN duet I now have on my iPod!