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The Dayton Opera Presents ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’

February 19 @ 3:00 pm

‘THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO’

Music by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Libretto by GOTTLOB STEPHANIE THE YOUNGER (adapted from the original of Christoph Friedrich Bretzner)

A Dayton Opera Premiere and New Production

JOSEPH MECHAVICH conductor

KATHLEEN CLAWSON stage director

TYLER NELSON* tenor – Belmonte

JEREMY GALYON bass – Osmin

AMANDA WOODBURY* soprano – Konstanze

CHELSEA FRIEDLANDER* soprano – Blondchen

ROBERT NORMAN tenor – Pedrillo

*Dayton Opera debut

DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director

DAYTON OPERA CHORUS JEFFREY POWELL chorus master

IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES/NEW ENGLISH DIALOGUE BY ANDREA FELLOWS WALTERS AND KATHLEEN CLAWSON

Mozart first conquered Vienna with his vivacious comedy The Abduction from the Seraglio which features rollicking Turkish-flavored music virtuosic solo singing stupendous duets and ensembles and the exotic setting of a Turkish harem. A freewheeling tale of two women purchased from pirates by the Pasha Selim and their eventual rescue by their lovers the work’s style is strongly similar to that of The Magic Flute with even more death-defyingly difficult acrobatic singing by both of the women and the Pasha’s servant the comically lecherous bass Osmin.

Konstanze defies all attempts at seduction by the Pasha and sings one of the most difficult high-flying arias of the soprano repertoire “Martern aller Arten” (“Tortures of all kinds”) in resisting his offer to take her into his harem. Blonde her pert English maid likewise rejects Osmin whose virtuosic runs and sepulchral low notes mark the deep end of Mozart’s operatic output.

With their help of their Spanish lovers Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo the imprisoned women nearly make their escape aided by two ladders and copious amounts of spiked wine. They are captured nevertheless. Fortunately Pasha Selim shows his magnanimity and the opera jubilantly concludes in a burst of dazzling high spirits as the lovers praise their selfless benefactor and prepare to set sail. It’s a sparkling trip you’ll be glad you made!

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Date:
February 19
Time:
3:00 pm
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Website:
http://daytonperformingarts.org/opera

Venue

Schuster Performing Arts Center
1 West Second Street
Dayton, OH 45402 USA
Phone:
(937) 228-3630
Website:
http://www.schustercenter.org/

Organizer

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
Phone:
937-224-3521