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Figure 9 (above). Show
Curtain for Die Zauberflöte;
Figure 8 (right). Die
Zauberflöte. | Photos
courtesy of Mitsuru Ishii.

setting a perfect stage for Ishii to showcase his long-cultivated global knowledge, skills, and aesthetic.
On Oct. 23, 1991, Mozart's Die
Zauberflöte opened at Kanagawa
Kenmin Hall and was subsequently performed at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. The
production was conducted by Wolfgang
Sawallisch under the direction of Toru
Emori. The all-star creative team included a celebrated fashion designer Junko
Koshino as costume designer, and Ishii

as set designer (Performance Info: Die
Zauberflöte, n.d.). Ishii's design was an
impressive collage of religious artifacts
of the world. Statues of Hindu goddesses were used as legs, while Greek goddesses resided up stage next to a ruined
globe. The show curtain depicted a postapocalyptic view of the world with the destroyed Statue of Liberty, Genbaku Dome
of Hiroshima, and ruined cityscapes of
various capitals of the world. Also, on the
show curtain, ho-o (Asian mythological

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bird that brings peace and prosperity)
were painted to manifest the message of
the opera.
An elaborate set with many non-linear
shapes might not have been anything
new to the Westerners, but it was an unusual sight to behold in Japan at the time.
Kenichi Toki, who assisted Ishii on several shows, expressed his wonderment
about this particular design: " It must
have been extremely challenging for Mr.
Ishii to convince the shop to build the set



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