Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail – premiere (23 January 2021, 7:00 p.m.)

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On 23 January 2021, from 7:00 p.m., Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail can be seen online in a new production by Miklós H. Vecsei in the stream series of the Hungarian State Opera.

A gripping plot – in this case the story of young lovers fighting to escape the seraglio – is in and of itself one of the keys to a successful dramatic work. However, the varied music written by a twenty-something Mozart, with its freshness and a few oriental touches, makes the singspiel Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) completely irresistible. Staging his first opera production is Miklós H. Vecsei, a director of Mozartian youthfulness.  The performance is sure to be fresh and sometimes a bit irreverent toward operatic traditions also thanks to video projection group Glowing Bulbs, costume designer Kinga Réta Vecsei, choreographer Adrienn Vetési and a new Hungarian translation by Dániel Varró.

The main roles of the production are performed by József Wunderlich (Bassa Selim), Erika Miklósa (Konstanze), Péter Balczó (Belmonte), János Szerekován (Pedrillo) and Géza Gábor (Osmin). The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus (chorus master: Gábor Csiki) are conducted by Péter Halász.