Die Zauberflote – Queen of the Night in Stage Design

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After my last post about The Queen of the Night, I thought it might be fun to show some of the more popular design sketches for the character The Queen of the Night from Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote” throughout theater history.

Karl Friedrich Schinkel 1815

The stage design for “Die Zauberflote” by Karl Friedrich Schinkel is one of the most famous artistic representations of The Queen of the Night. This image even influenced my own photographs, and I actually used the same arrangement of stars in the sky in my images of the Queen and Tamino.

Original "Die Zauberflote" Costume Sketches

Thierry Bosquet Queen of the Night design sketch

Erte - Queen of the Night

Die Zauberflote by John Martinez

Caramba "Die Zauberflote" Sketches, Tamino, Pamina

Queen of the night by Simon Quaglio

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A woman we should care about….Claire

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If you are like me, you’ve been watching the Starz channel for possible glimpses of Outlander. The tease definitely was and the disappearance trailer gave me goosebumps!  I’ve been searching for every image I can find. The sheer beauty of the costumes and scenery of the down-under clip left me speechless (and inspired to play it over and over). But, the trailer that I can’t stop thinking about is the one where the cast is commenting. The lines that keep running through my head are spoken by our beloved Ron Moore, “we are going to try to make you believe this really happened to this woman…This is a character you should care about…”

I’m loving the direction he is taking. Despite all the focus we fans tend to place on the sheer magnificence that is Jamie, Ron recognizes that this has always been Claire’s story. Her story to tell. He…

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Jamie’s Top 40 Looks from Outlander Episode #107: THE WEDDING

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Before I begin, I have to warn you – given the hotness of the latest episode, I decided to write my captions accordingly. While I strive to be respectful of the actors, we’re all here to have a little fun. So in advance, I apologize to anyone I may offend. Now, down to business

As I state in my review, Outlander Episode #107: THE WEDDING is blazing hot. Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) sizzle together even when they aren’t touching. As the show progresses, the heat factor also increases.

Due to popular request, I turned my Top 30 Looks into a Top 40. Yes, I know 50 is better than 40 and 100 is better than 50, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the selections I made this week. I’m eager to hear from you regarding my cream of the crops. Because I was unable to limit my…

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Jamie’s Top 30 Awkward Moments from Outlander S1 Pt1

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With the Outlander mid-season slump – aka #Droughtlander – in full swing, I thought I’d take the time to revisit a few of Jamie’s most awkward moments so far this season. The poor lad’s had quite a few, most all of them humorous due to Diana Gabaldon‘s impeccable writing, Ron Moore‘s talented adaptation skills, and Sam Heughan‘s brilliant acting. Never to be excluded is the lovely and equally brilliant  Caitriona Balfe, who as Claire never lets Jamie get away with anything.

Presented below are my favorite Jamie’s Top 30 Awkward Moments from Outlander Season 1 Part 1. As usual, I’ve selected a range from all 8 episodes as I’m sure you’ll recognize. And as Outlander is a drama, I decided to start with the darkest scenes first.

Watch out for SPOILERS, especially those of you who’ve not yet read the novel(s).

30: Jamie’s Awkward Naked Sister Moment…

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW

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For more goodies on this episode, check out Jamie’s Top 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #108: BOTH SIDES NOW

The Outlander mid-season finale, Ep108: BOTH SIDES NOW, brings Claire’s past-future and future-past together in a parallel story with a beautiful crossing point between the two worlds. As usual, SPOILERS are rife in this recapped review.

This episode is directed by Anna Foerster who did a wonderful job here and on Ep107: THE WEDDING. Ron D. Moore penned the dual timeline story, most likely assigning himself the task because he envisioned the cliffhanger for this episode– and the finale – long ago.

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode #107: THE WEDDING

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Check out the Top 40 Looks from Outlander Episode #107: THE WEDDING

Ep107 THE WEDDING has a lot, and I mean a lot . . . of hand holding. Hands are good for so many things, most notably for touching. There hasn’t been as much touching in any of the other episodes combined. And I’m not only talking about Claire and Jamie. Everyone gets in on the touching action in this episode – not all of it gentle.

Last week, I summed up THE GARRISON COMMANDER in two words: Bloody brilliant. This week, I sum up THE WEDDING with two new words: Blazing hot.

What makes this episode blazing hot are the two people for whom we’ve been waiting to touch these past seven weeks, beyond playing footsie under the table and patching up the latest black eye. Caitriona Balfe (Claire Beauchamp-Fraser) and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser) sizzle together onscreen, elevating their performances to yet…

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A True Fan’s Review of Outlander Episode #106: THE GARRISON COMMANDER

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Check out theTop 30 Looks from Outlander Episode #106: THE GARRISON COMMANDER

The latest episode of Outlander can be summed up entirely in two words: Bloody Brilliant!

“I dwell in darkness, Madam, and darkness is where I belong.”

With those words, Black Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) defines himself to the winded and wounded Claire Beauchamp (Caitriona Balfe). If she has any doubts as to his humanity or his relation to Frank, they are wiped out in that searing moment.

This is the episode for which we’ve been waiting. Yes. Yes. I know. It’s not THE WEDDING, but Black Jack’s obsession is the driving force behind the first novel in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. His existence compels almost all the major decisions Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) makes in his life.

Yadda. Yadda. Yadda. SPOILERS ahead.

The script by co-Executive Producer Ira Steven Behr grabs the story by the balls…

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