|Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791)||Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)|
|Dutch National Opera|
|Bert Neumann||Set Designer|
|Nina von Mechow||Costume Designer|
|Steven Van Watermeulen||Actor||Bassa 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.