The virtues of human goodness, tolerance and fidelity in love are all present in Mozart’s Turkish-flavoured singspiel composed in 1782 at the age of just 25. A metaphor for the combat between liberty and all forms of absolutism, Belmonte’s quest to deliver Konstanze from Selim’s yoke resounded throughout Europe, inspired at that time by the spirit of the Enlightenment. French actress and filmmaker Zabou Breitman’s new interpretation features American soprano Erin Morley as Konstanze, Swiss tenor Bernard Richter as Belmonte and Jürgen Maurer as Selim. Philippe Jordan, Musical Director of Opéra de Paris, conducts.
The Abduction from the Seraglio (2014)
- Phillipe Jordan
- Paris Opera Orchestra
- Jürgen Maurer, Erin Morley, Anna Prohaska
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Zabou Breitman
- Set Design
- Jean-Marc Stehlé
- Approx. 3h16 incl interval
Sung in German, with English subtitles
5 stars! An utterly magical afternoon of opera that has left me on a giant high and singing the melodies in my head. Don't miss it.bachtrack
Opéra de Paris
Opéra de Paris is one of the world's greatest opera and ballet companies. Founded more than three centuries ago by Louis XIV, it now holds performances in two theatres, the Palais Garnier (1875) and the Opéra Bastille (1989). The company’s mission is to preserve and develop our operatic and ballet heritage and it gives more than 350 performances per year. Great composers such as Rameau, Gluck, Rossini, Verdi, Wagner, Gounod, Massenet, Poulenc and Messiaen all gave the first performances of their works here.