Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)


Singspiel in three parts, in Hungarian
Exotic and romantic tale of an odalisque liberated from the pasha’s seraglio with a tolerable numberof dramatic twists, wicked harem overseers, audacious lovers, and Christian pashas who let the sweethearts go despite having no reason to do so.

Background
The young Spanish nobleman Belmonte has suffered having his betrothed, Konstanze, her English maid, Blonde, and his servant, Pedrillo, all kidnapped by pirates and sold to Selim Pasha. The Pasha, who was not born a Turk but instead as a Spanish Christian who later converted to Islam, has fallen in love with Konstanze and has had her and the other captives brought to his country estate.

Act I
After somehow finding out where his beloved and her companions are being kept, Belmonte has arrived to free them. Although the wrathful harem overseer, Osmin, attempts to drive him away, Belmonte still succeeds in meeting with Pedrillo to discuss what to do. The Pasha arrives with Konstanze, whom he is still showering with love. The girl, however, frankly declares that she will never love anyone other than her lost fiancé. Meanwhile, despite all of Osmin's efforts, Belmonte has entered the palace with help from Pedrillo.

Act II
The merry little maid Blonde is not the least bit afraid of her irate slave-master. Although the pasha has made a gift of her to Osmin, in reality she's the one who controls her master, not the other way around. With an aching heart, Konstanze remembers the happy times before fate separated her from Belmonte. The pasha arrives. He warns the unfortunate girl that his patience has come to an end: if Konstanze will not submit to his courting, then he will not shrink from torture. However, Konstanze is strong and determined ("Tortures of every kind may await me") and cannot be swayed from a decision once she has made it. Then Pedrillo tells Blonde the great news. Before the maid rushes off to inform Konstanze, she and her sweetheart quickly concoct a plan for how to get the ever-alert and suspicious Osmin out of the way. Soon enough, Osmin appears and immediately notices what an unusually cheerful mood Pedrillo is in. Pedrillo doesn't lose any time coming up with an explanation: a little bit of fine old wine can soon make even the harshest servitude seem better. Osmin cannot resist the temptation for long. He takes heartier and heartier gulps from the wind until finally passing out. Evening comes and the two couples happily prepare for their escape.

Act III
Nevertheless, the escape is not successful. At just the wrong time, Osmin awakes. Suddenly sober, he calls the guards, and the soldiers seize the absconders. The fugitives are dragged before the Pasha, who realises from Belmonte's words that he has the son of his deadly enemy, the man who ruined his life, in his power. Although the young people suspect that mercy will not be forthcoming, they anticipate death calmly in the knowledge that they will never be separated from each other again. The Pasha, however, overcomes his thirst for revenge: he gives up his pursuit of Konstanze and sets them all free.

Photographer: Csibi Szilvia
Youth programme

General cast

Conductor
László Bartal / Kálmán Szennai / István Dénes / György Vashegyi
Szelim basa
András Habetler / Zoltán Rátóti
Konstanza
Ildikó Szakács / Klára Kolonits / Orsolya Hajnalka Röser / Erika Miklósa
Blonde
Orsolya Sáfár / Zita Szemere / Kinga Kriszta / Rita Rácz
Belmonte
Tibor Szappanos / Szabolcs Brickner / Péter Balczó / István Horváth
Pedrillo
Tamás Kóbor / Gergely Boncsér / Zoltán Megyesi / János Szerekován
Ozmin
Tamás Bátor / Géza Gábor / István Rácz / Tamás Szüle

Creators

Composer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Librettist
Gottlieb Johan Stephanie
Director
Csaba Káel
Set Designer
Attila Csikós
Costume Designer
Rita Velich
Choreographer
Teodóra Bán
Choir Master
Kálmán Strausz

Events

2015. May 03., Sun, 19:00
2015. May 05., Tue, 11:00
2015. May 05., Tue, 17:00
2015. May 06., Wed, 11:00
2015. May 06., Wed, 17:00
2015. May 07., Thu, 11:00
2015. May 07., Thu, 17:00
2015. May 08., Fri, 11:00
2015. May 08., Fri, 17:00
2015. May 09., Sat, 11:00
2015. May 12., Tue, 11:00
2015. May 12., Tue, 17:00
2015. May 13., Wed, 11:00
2015. May 14., Thu, 17:00
2015. May 15., Fri, 17:00
2015. May 16., Sat, 11:00
2015. May 17., Sun, 19:00