Semper Essenz: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Semi-staged performance of musical highlights from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera

Performed in German with German and English supertitles



  • 7 pm – 8.30 pm
  • No intermission

  • Venue:  Semperoper Dresden

Abducted by pirates and imprisoned in Bassa Selim’s seraglio, Pedrillo, his lover Blonde and Konstanze hope to be rescued. When Konstanze’s fiancé Belmonte tries to free them, the harem overseer Osmin uncovers his plan and is able to thwart the two couples’ escape at the very last moment. And when the Bassa learns that Belmonte is the son of his arch enemy, everything seems lost … In Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Singspiel, first performed in Vienna in 1782, comedy and tragedy are skilfully interwoven in a score that features some of the most beloved arias and ensemble numbers in the operatic canon.

This semi-staged short version offers an unusual perspective on the popular Singspiel by exploring the inner states and emotions of the individual characters. In front of a simple backdrop, we enjoy intimate scenes and dialogues as well as, of course, all of Mozart’s brilliant arias such as Konstanze’s famous »Martern aller Arten«, Pedrillo’s »Frisch zum Kampfe« or Osmin’s »O, wie will ich triumphieren«.