Peabody Opera Theatre presents
Die Entführung aus dem Serail
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
libretto by Gottlob Stephanie
Peabody Concert Orchestra
Edward Polochick, guest conductor
Garnett Bruce, guest director
Thursday-Saturday, February 26, 27, 28, 2004 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 29, 2004 at 3:00 PM
Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall
Peabody Conservatory of Music
1 East Mt. Vernon Place
Admission $24 / Seniors $12
Box Office: 410/659-8100 x2, or book online
This production is funded in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council
|Photographs by Jesse Hellman||Current season calendar|
Mozart’s Turkish opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail was the breakaway piece that established the arrival of the new superstar on the Viennese scene. More than the scintillating comedy it undoubtedly is, the opera’s serious contrasting of the moral values of the Western Enlightenment and the Muslim world make it as relevant to our own time as it was in Mozart’s.
The Spanish nobleman Belmonte comes to Turkey to rescue his beloved Konstanze, her maid Blonde, and his own servant Pedrillo from the clutches of Pasha Selim. The Westerners have not yet been harmed, due partly to Blonde’s skill in outwitting the bearish overseer Osmin, and partly to the fact that the Pasha himself has fallen in love with Konstanze. The couples are reunited and their escape is planned. But Osmin catches them red-handed and exults in their imminent execution. At the end, however, the Pasha shows a magnanimity which puts the Westerners to shame, and the opera ends with all singing his praises.
The opera contains some of the most spectacular coloratura music which Mozart ever wrote, especially for the soprano Konstanze and low bass Osmin. It will be sung in German, with English dialogues translated by Garnett Bruce.
(*singing Thursday/Saturday **singing Friday/Sunday)
|Pasha Selim||Richard Bozic*