"'You can't say what attracts you to The Magic Flute,' Brook says. 'It's like saying what attracts you to go to Egypt and look at the pyramids and the Sphinx. The Magic Flute is one of the works that's beyond being attracted or not — it is.'
But that's not to say that Brook and his collaborators, composer Franck Krawczyk and librettist Marie-Helene Estienne, haven't taken liberties in this production, cannily titled A Magic Flute. Brook says they wanted to somehow find the essence of what Mozart and his collaborator, actor and theater impresario Emanuel Schikaneder, were getting at. To do so, they stripped away the embellishments that others have added over the centuries."