“Aging Magician” a Success for San Diego Opera


A scene from “Aging Magician”. Photo by Jill Steinberg courtesy of San Diego Opera.

Paola Prestini’s Aging Magician made its San Diego Opera debut as part of the 2021-2022 season. It was originally scheduled to be performed in March of 2019 but was cancelled because of COVID-19, making San Diego Opera one of the first professional opera companies to cancel a performance due to the pandemic.

It opened Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7:30 PM at The Balboa Theatre. Additional performances are Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 2 PM and 7:30 PM. Performed in English with English text above the stage. Reviews were very positive.

Co-created by Paola Prestini, Rinde Eckert & Julian Crouch / Co-produced by Beth Morrison Projects and VisionIntoArt

AGING MAGICIAN, produced by Beth Morrison Projects and featuring Rinde Eckert (Harold), The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Attacca Quartet. May, 2022. Photo by Karli Cadel.

SD Opera advance press release: “This sweeping and inspiring new multi-media operatic work employs video projection, shadow puppetry, and cutting-edge stage craft to tell the story of Harold (Rinde Eckert); a man on his vibrant last adventure as he explores the allegory of time, youth and the peculiar magic of ordinary life. Accompanied by the award-winning Attacca Quartet and the famed Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Aging Magician moves us along from the surgical repair of a timepiece through the magic of time itself. Do not miss this heartfelt and vibrant masterpiece that Broadway World called “Timeless magic…shockingly beautiful.”

The approximate run time is 1 hour and 25 minutes with no intermission.

POST-OPERA TALK-BACKS: Stay after the performance for a Talk-Back. Once the curtain falls, there will be a 10-minute break, then join us back in the theatre where you can ask questions of the stars, cast, and find out what really happens onstage and backstage!


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