Opera

Die Entführung aus dem Serail / The Abduction from the Seraglio

Opera Singspiel in three acts Libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie from a text by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner to the operetta »Belmont und Constanze oder Die Entführung aus dem Serail« by Johann André Performed in German with German and English supertitles

»Nothing is as vile as revenge. But to be humane and kind, and to forgive without self-interest. Only a great soul is capable of that.« A massive change of heart is required before the gathered protagonists are able to sing this paean to the Bassa Selim. Because you see: Konstanze, Blonde and Pedrillo were kidnapped by pirates, sold to the Bassa and carried off to his palace. Just as well that Belmonte, Konstanze’s fiancé, was able to escape during the melee and is now planning to free his Beloved and their servants (who are also in love). This, however, proves easier said than done. A degree of imagination is required, as the Bassa is loyally aided by his overseer in attempting to prevent the prisoners’ escape. Furthermore, the Bassa is himself captivated by the beautiful Konstanze, and Osmin no less beguiled by Blonde. Yet this would not be Mozart’s Singspiel par excellence if the story did not have a happy end, and the true lovers were not finally reunited. In »The Abduction from the Seraglio« Mozart created arias such as Konstanze’s »Tortures unrelenting«, Blonde’s »Oh, the happy, happy day« and Pedrillo’s »Now for battle« that until today are considered jewels of the operatic repertoire.   

Summary

»Nothing is as vile as revenge. But to be humane and kind, and to forgive without self-interest. Only a great soul is capable of that.« A massive change of heart is required before the gathered protagonists are able to sing this paean to the Bassa Selim. Because you see: Konstanze, Blonde and Pedrillo were kidnapped by pirates, sold to the Bassa and carried off to his palace. Just as well that Belmonte, Konstanze’s fiancé, was able to escape during the melee and is now planning to free his Beloved and their servants (who are also in love). This, however, proves easier said than done. A degree of imagination is required, as the Bassa is loyally aided by his overseer in attempting to prevent the prisoners’ escape. Furthermore, the Bassa is himself captivated by the beautiful Konstanze, and Osmin no less beguiled by Blonde. Yet this would not be Mozart’s Singspiel par excellence if the story did not have a happy end, and the true lovers were not finally reunited. In »The Abduction from the Seraglio« Mozart created arias such as Konstanze’s »Tortures unrelenting«, Blonde’s »Oh, the happy, happy day« and Pedrillo’s »Now for battle« that until today are considered jewels of the operatic repertoire.   

Complete Cast

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
Staatskapelle Dresden

Production sponsor: Rudolf Wöhrl AG

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