Die Entführung aus dem Serail

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Dutch National Opera and BalletWaterlooplein 22, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
January 13, 15 14:00, 18, 21, 24, 26 (at 19:30 unless shown)
Performers
Dutch National Opera
Jérémie RhorerConductor
Johan SimonsDirector
Bert NeumannSet Designer
Nina von MechowCostume Designer
Lenneke RuitenSopranoKonstanze
Paul ApplebyTenorBelmonte
Peter RoseBassOsmin
Siobhan StaggSopranoBlondchen
David PortilloTenorPedrillo
Steven Van WatermeulenActorBassa Selim
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra

Between East and West

In the often difficult relationship between ‘East’ and ‘West’, the theme of forgiveness is just as relevant today. Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail was an unconventional work for its day, about people of flesh and blood.

Mozart’s German-language ‘Singspiel’ Die Entführung aus dem Serail, about an abduction from a harem, appealed to the Viennese aristocracy. However, they were not immediately enthusiastic about the surprising detail of the noble Muslim who releases his prisoners rather than taking revenge. But within ten years, Die Entführung aus dem Serail made a triumphant tour of forty European cities. The oriental twist that Mozart incorporated in his music eventually found favour.

Political drama and humour

Stage director Johan Simons has created an intimate and colourful Entführung, which couples political drama with humour. Playing with the effect of a theatre within a theatre gives an exciting double layer to Die Entführung aus dem Serail.

Jérémie Rhorer conducts the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra.

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