'Abduction from the Seraglio' Marks Levine's Final Performance as Music Director
Friday, May 06, 2016
For four decades, James Levine has steered the Metropolitan Opera as its music director, molding the orchestra into one of the best in the world and bolstering the house's international renown. This Saturday at 1 pm, listen to the maestro's final performance before he retires and becomes music director emeritus, conducting Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio.
Starring coloratura soprano Albina Shagimuratova as Kostanze, and tenor Paul Appleby as her lover Belmonte, the opera begins as Kostanze and her two servants are sold to a Turkish pasha by pirates. It is up to Belmonte to find and rescue the trio.
Technically a Singspiel, with several spoken lines, the work was written in 1782 by Mozart and librettist Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, with adaptions by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie for the Austrian Emperor Joseph II.
Konstanze: Albina Shagimuratova, soprano
Blondchen: Kathleen Kim. soprano
Belmonte: Paul Appleby, tenor
Pedrillo: Brenton Ryan, tenor
Osmin: Hans-Peter König, bass
Pasha: Selim Matthias von Stegmann
Conductor: James Levine