Teatro alla Scala
Singspiel in three acts, KV 384
Text by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, adapted by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie jr.
Duration: approx. 3 hours, one interval
For all from 12 upwards
When Mozart (1756–1791) wrote his Singspiel ‘Die Entführung aus dem Serail’ he was working within an established genre of “the Turkish opera”. This profited from the numerous novels and travel journals which had been published in the 18th century about the secretive and largely unknown Orient. Because nothing inspires fantasy so much as the unknown, in which one’s own fears and desires can be reflected. The abduction of two European women from the Turk Bassa Selim’s harem was more for Mozart than an exotic adventure that simply promised excitement and a certain thrill. The 26 year-old composer probed the story for existential experiences such as love, jealousy, desperation and possessiveness. And he appealed for tolerance and humanity at the end of this oriental adventure when Bassa forgoes revenge and allows his favourite Konstanze to return to her English home unchallenged along with her fiancé Belmonte and their servants.
MUSIKALISCHE LEITUNG Stefan Klingele / Marc Piollet
INSZENIERUNG András Fricsay Kali Son
BÜHNE UND KOSTÜME Johannes Leiacker
CHORLEITUNG Christoph Kurig
SPIELLEITUNG Volker Böhm