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Die Entführung aus dem Serail

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Deutsche OperBismarckstraße 35, Berlin, 10627, Germany
February 07, 10, 18 at 19:30
Deutsche Oper Berlin
Nicholas MiltonConductor
Rodrigo GarciaDirector, Set Designer
Hussein ChalayanCostume Designer
Flurina StuckiSopranoKonstanze
Alexandra HuttonSopranoBlondchen
Matthew NewlinTenorBelmonte
Ya-Chung HuangTenorPedrillo
Patrick GuettiBassOsmin
Annabelle MandengActorBassa Selim
Ramon DiagoSet Designer, Video Artist
Carlos MarquerieDirector
Thomas RichterChoirmaster / chorus director
Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

The realisation that THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO was a more significant work than the “musical comedy” label suggested was not long in coming. Not only did the commissioner of the piece, Emperor Joseph II, comment with some puzzlement after the 1784 premiere in Vienna that there were “too many notes”; three years later Goethe, too, responded to the success of Mozart’s piece by questioning his own dabblings in German-language musical comedies. ABDUCTION soon came to be seen as the primordial German opera, the first successful attempt to create a qualitatively comparable German alternative to the affective language of Italian opera. This is especially true of the emotional depth of the characters. Setting the story in an alien, exotic country, which severs Belmonte and Konstanze from all external social influences, Mozart is able to express musically the fundamental question of interpersonal relations: am I so in love that I want to spend the rest of my life with this other person? And do I know myself well enough to commit to the relationship with a clean conscience?

ABDUCTION has inspired a string of accomplished directors to stage the work, especially as its interplay of spoken dialogue and music makes it more tolerant of textual adaptations than through-composed operas are. One of Europe’s most exciting and uncompromising theatre directors came to the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where he had chosen THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO as the piece with which to make his debut in the genre of musical theatre. Argentinian Rodrigo Garcia has been feted internationally for plays such as “Gólgota Picnic”.

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