This is an in-depth overview of the creation and development of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" by artist and ceramicist Jun Kaneko. In 2009 the "San Francisco Opera" commissioned Kaneko to create a contemporary "The Magic Flute" which took him on a three-year journey to realize this new hightech production. The book documents this process from the very first artist sketches until the opening night production on stage in San Francisco. This fascinating and exciting journey is recorded in numerous colour photographs, which are accompanied by essays that address the production's creation and place it in the context of the age of Enlightenment, when Mozart created this remarkable opera.
Jun Kaneko is a Japanese ceramic artist. Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942, he came to the United States in 1963. Kaneko has taught at various U.S. art schools, including Scripps College, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design and established his current studio in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1990 where he primarily works.