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Posted at 3:34 PM on December 27, 2006 by Rex Levang

The Metropolitan Opera's new "Magic Flute" (the Julie Taymor production) was mentioned here a few days ago. . . . Between this page and this review, you can get some idea of the costumes and sets, and here's more information from the Met on their Dec. 29 broadcast of the "Flute" into selected movie theaters, including one in Minnesota.

This production came along in 2004, to generally rapturous response, but this year the Met is putting a new spin on it by translating and abridging it. The very first outing of the abridgment is on Saturday, Dec. 29 -- so that performance is a premiere, of a sort.