Mozart's 'The Abduction from the Seraglio' From the Proms

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Glyndebourne Festival’s production of 'The Abduction from the Seraglio' at the BBC Proms in London. The Glyndebourne Festival’s production of 'The Abduction from the Seraglio' at the BBC Proms in London. (Chris Christodoulou/BBC)
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Like "The Magic Flute,"  Mozart's final opera, "The Abduction from the Seraglio" is not technically an opera at all. It's an example of the German dramatic style called the singspiel, which alternates singing with lengthy passages of spoken dialogue. The spoken passages vary in length and are often altered or updated, depending on the production.

On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents "The Abduction from the Seraglio" in a Glyndebourne Festival production, presented as part of the 2015 BBC Proms concerts in London. The production retains a great deal of the original dialogue and the performances are all top notch. For the radio, however, the spoken passages have been shortened a bit, while still preserving the overall feel of the production and of an 18th-century German singspiel.

 It comes to us from London's Royal Albert Hal with soprano Sally Matthews as Konstanze, and tenor Edgaras Montvidas as Belmonte. Also featured are the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus, with conductor Robin Ticciati. 

Cast:

Konstanze: Sally Matthews (soprano)
Belmonte: Edgaras Montvidas (tenor)
Osmin: Tobias Kehrer (bass)
Pedrillo: Brenden Gunnell (tenor)
Blonde: Mari Eriksmoen (soprano)
Pasha Selim: Franck Saurel (spoken role)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Glyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus
Robin Ticciati, conductor

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