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
Baltimore, Maryland
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

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Flirting with Mozart: Director Garnett Bruce explains his personal fascination with Mozart, and the composer’s use of musical seduction in Die Entführung.


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.


CAST

(*singing Thursday/Saturday      **singing Friday/Sunday)

KonstanzeKaren Myers*
Arsenia Soto**
BlondeNatalie Conte**
Hilary Ryon*
BelmonteTaylor Armstrong**
Farrar Strum*
PedrilloJohn Artz**
James Seay*
OsminScott Elliott**
Tom McNichols*
Pasha Selim     Richard Bozic*
Ryan Stadler**