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Saturday, Feb. 28, 2004


'Magic Flute' back on big screen

A movie of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute," directed by Ingmar Bergman, will be shown March 26 and 27 at Asahi Seimei Hall in Shinjuku, Tokyo.

The 135-minute color movie, produced in 1975, was originally in Swedish, but Japanese subtitles have been added. The music is performed by the Swedish Broadcast Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Erik Erikson.

Josef Kostlinger (tenor) stars as Tamino, with Irma Urrila (soprano) playing Pamina, Hakan Hagegard (baritone) as Papageno, and Birgit Nordin (soprano) as the Queen of the Night.

The schedule is: 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on March 26, and 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on March 27.

There are 500 seats available for each showing. Advance tickets are 1,500 yen, and a limited number will be sold at the door for 1,800 yen. All tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Children under school age not allowed.

For details, call Orient Eiga at (047) 389-9077.

Asahi Seimei Hall is a three-minute walk from the west exit of JR Shinjuku Station.

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