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Singspiel in three acts

Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart · Libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie d.J.
In German without surtitles

Saturday, 11. June 2005
07:30 pm – 10:15 pm
Nationaltheater

Duration est. 2 hours 45 minutes · 1 Interval between 1. + 2. Akt and 3. Akt (est. 09:15 pm - 09:45 pm )

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Musikalische Leitung
Harry Bicket
Choreographie
Jonathan Lunn
Inszenierung
Martin Duncan
Regie-Mitarbeit
Ultz
Ausstattung
Ultz
Licht
Stan Pressner
Chor
Stellario Fagone

Konstanze
Diana Damrau
Blonde
Chen Reiss
Belmonte
William Burden
Pedrillo
Kevin Conners
Osmin
Franz Hawlata
Bassa Selim
Bernd Schmidt
Erzählerin
Fatma Genç
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
  • Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper

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A European woman in the hands of Muslim fundamentalists. A western rescue mission goes awry. Execution by the special unit is a foregone conclusion. But: vengeance is nothing - forgiveness everything! Unfortunately only a very few have the greatness of heart to exercise it. Mozart's contribution to the clash of civilizations and a not-to-be-underestimated comedy for music.

 

Background to the story

This is the tale of Constanze and Belmonte, two young Spaniards of noble birth. Constanze, her English maid, Blonde, and Pedrillo, Belmonte’s servant, fell into the hands of pirates who attacked their ship. The pirates sold their captives at a slave market to Pasha Selim. After month of searching for them in despair, tormented by not knowing what had become of his beloved Constanze and the two servants, Belmonte sets out to find them.

Act One

Belmonte has arrived on the distant Turkish shore and approaches the high wall surrounding the seraglio. Here he encounters Osmin, the Pasha’s right-hand man, and questions him about the people he is seeking. Osmin, however, has not the slightest intention of giving this stranger any information whatsoever and sends him on his way.
Belmonte continues to look for a way to get into the seraglio.Through a prison window, he manages to catch a glimpse of Pedrillo. This confirms that Constanze and Blonde are also being held prisoner in the harem.

Pasha Selim has chosen Constanze to be the object of his affections. He visits the harem every day and does everything in his power to persuade her into accepting his suit. Constanze remains steadfast in adamantly refusing to succumb. She has no idea yet that her beloved Belmonte is so near.
Meanwhile, belmonte has disguised himself as an architect an enters the First Courtyard of the seraglio. He teams up with Pedrillo and together they try to get past Osmin into the Second Courtyard.

Act Two

Osmin has taken a fancy to Blonde, but  his persistent advances are met with resistance by the young English woman. The two of them are involved in constant battles of wit, which Osmin just can’t win.
Constanze makes it increasingly difficult for the Pasha to approach her and he finally loses patience. He threatens to punish her if she does not soon accept his suit.

Blonde learns about the plan for their escape from Pedrillo. Before they can put the plan into action, however, they first have to outwit Osmin. Pedrillo manages to persuade Osmin to help him empty a bottle of wine and the latter then falls into a deep sleep. The two couples are able to meet and plan their escape.

Act Three

Belmonte, still disguised as an architect, smuggles Pedrillo out of the Seraglio and they head for Belmonte’s ship. There they wait for night to fall.

At midnight, Belmonte and Pedrillo row round the coast to the foot of the harem. Pedrillo serenades his Blonde as a signal. Osmin discovers them in the boat and sends a fleet of ships out to capture them again.
The death penalty awaits them, but Pasha Selim decides to forgo revenge and sets the captives free.


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Premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Die Entführugn aus dem Serail" on January 15, 2003 in the  Nationaltheater

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stammt aus Liverpool/England und studierte am Royal College of Music und an der Oxford University. Als Organist und Cembalist arbeitete er u.a. mit der Academy of Ancient Music, dem Monteverdi Orchestra, dem Philharmonia Orchestra und dem City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Inzwischen erweiterte er seine Karriere als Dirigent hauptsächlich im Bereich der Barock Oper. An der English National Opera leitete er Aufführungen von Monteverdis L`Orfeo und Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda oder Händels Ariodante. Weitere Engagements etwa an der New York City Opera, der Opera North, an der Royal Danish Opera und der Opera Australia, an den Opernhäusern von Los Angeles, Chicago, Barcelona und Tel Aviv und dem Spoleto-Festival. 1996 debütierte er beim Glyndebourne Festival mit Peter Sellars Theodora-Produktion. Dirigate an der Bayerischen Staatsoper: Rinaldo, Ariodante, Xerxes, Giulio Cesare in Egitto, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, L'incoronazione di Poppea, Orphée et Eurydice.

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