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 exhibitio