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DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL
(The Abduction from the Seraglio)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1756 - 1791
Opera in three acts
Libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger
First performed July 16th 1782, Burgtheater, Vienna

Sung in German
Duration: c. 3 1/2 hrs, with two intervals



About the Piece

Mozart’s German operetta, Die Entführung, as he called it, was written when he was a young man and first performed w ...
Mozart’s German operetta, Die Entführung, as he called it, was written when he was a young man and first performed when he was 26 years old. The opera’s central themes are the story of Konstanze and Belmonte, the tale of true love, and the confrontation between two different cultures: the »civilized« Europeans (Konstanze, Blonde and Pedrillo) who are imprisoned at the court of a Turkish ruler (Bassa Selim). After a failed attempt to escape they experience great magnanimity from Selim, something almost unheard of in their own countries. The composer and his librettist, the Viennese poet Gottlieb Stephanie (the younger), were pretty sure that the title alone would make the opera a »safe bet«, they defined anew pre-existing concepts of exotic, foreign lands: even Bassa Selim’s house is stylish and his closely guarded harem only alluded to. The composer and librettist consciously focussed on the relationships between the characters in the story, their fears and feelings of love. Which was the most performed and successful of Mozart's operas during his lifetime? Die Entführung aus dem Serail. While composing the work, Mozart's arguments with his employer in Salzburg, Archbishop Hieronymus von Colloredo, led him to pack his bags and leave his city of birth. His dream of working at court in Vienna come to nothing, but he found love, married Konstanze Weber and continued work on his Entführung. In tune with the spirit of the times, Mozart imitated »Turkish music«, or how he imagined such music might sound. Memories of the so called Turkish war a hundred years earlier were still fresh – so came into being a three part overture whose beginning and end sections sound »Turkish«, a fashionable »oriental opera«.

Synopsis

Belmonte, a young Spanish nobleman, wants to free his bride Konstanze, her maid Blonde and his servant Pedrillo, who, after fallin ...
Belmonte, a young Spanish nobleman, wants to free his bride Konstanze, her maid Blonde and his servant Pedrillo, who, after falling into the hand of pirates during a voyage, are being held against their will in the harem of Bassa Selim’s palace in Turkey. Belmonte does not manage to get past the steward Osmin until he meets Pedrillo, who passes Belmonte off as an achitect to get him into the building. Since their arrival Konstanze has held firm against Bassa’s threats and pleading for her love and Blonde has not given in to Osmin’s attemps at seduction. Pedrillo gets Osmin drunk so that their attempt at escape can succeed. When the the two pairs of lovers finally meet up again it seems that the escape might have to be postponed because of the men’s doubts about the women’s faithfulness - but they soon make up. Their escape is thwarted at the last moment. They are tied up and taken before Bassa, where it transpires that Belmonte is the son of Bassa’s deadly enemy. Seeing no way out of the situation Konstanze says that she would prefer to die with her lover. Instead of taking revenge Bassa grants his prisoners freedom, much to Osmin’s displeasure.
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Friday 31.10.2014 19:00 h

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Cast

Conductor
Jérémie Rhorer
Director
Christof Loy
Stage and Costume Designer
Herbert Murauer
Lighting Designer
Olaf Winter
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy
Chorus Master
Markus Ehmann

Konstanze
Agneta Eichenholz
Blonde
Sofia Fomina
Belmonte
Martin Mitterrutzner
Pedrillo
Peter Marsh
Osmin
Torsten Grümbel
Bassa Selim
Christoph Quest
 
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