The Abduction from the Seraglio
MAY 10, 12, 14 & 16 (7:30 PM)
MAY 18, 2014 (2 PM)
The Abduction from the Seraglio tells of a fair damsel who, like most operatic damsels, finds herself in great distress! Will the dashing nobleman rescue her from her Turkish keepers and the powerful ruler who desires to possess her? Or will the true lovers die in the attempt.
After a season of filled with passion, drama, and grandeur, Utah Opera ends the season with something light and fun. Mozart’s incomparable skill for vocal melody and dramatic tension are on full display in the exotic, colorful production that you’re guaranteed to love.
ACT I. Turkey, 1700s. Pasha Selim has bought three Europeans from pirates - Constanze, a Spanish woman of good family; Blonde, her English maid; and Pedrillo, servant of Constanze's fiancé, Belmonte. Belmonte has traced them to a seaside palace, where Constanze has become the pasha's favorite and Pedrillo the gardener...
Today, with the benefit of two centuries of hindsight, we are able to see precisely how important Abduction from the Seraglio was to the development of Mozart’s operatic style. Here he had the…
It is a simple plan. Two ladders, one each for Konstanze and Blonde, to be placed under their windows at the appointed hour. The Pasha’s overseer Osmin has already been drugged with spiked wine so once the women hurry down ...