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Video on demand: Zaide

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Stingray ClassicaRecorded at Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France
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On demand until Tuesday 21 December 2021 23:59
Louis LangréeConductor
Peter SellarsDirector
Ekaterina LekhinaSopranoZaide
Sean PanikkarTenorGomatz
Russell ThomasTenorSultan Soliman
Alfred WalkerBass-baritoneAllazim
Morris RobinsonBassOsmin
Camerata Salzburg

Mozart left his Singspiel Zaide unfinished, but its wonderful music is most definitely still worth performing. And which director is better suited to staging this tale of slavery and love than Peter Sellars, who is famous for the tremendous passion with which he confronts political and intercultural questions in his productions and interprets classical operas in altogether convincing ways? “In Zaide”, Sellars insists, “Mozart was attempting to construct a musical and dramatic bridge between Europe and the Muslim world, replacing the ‘menace’ perceived on both sides with mercy and compassion.” In this 2008 concert from the Aix-en-Provence Festival, the Camerata Salzburg performs the diamond in the rough under the baton of conductor Louis Langrée, accompanied by the Choir Ibn Zaïdoun and several wonderful soloists.

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