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Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Panache and poetry as Jérémie Rhorer conducts Mozart's delightful opera in which singers try to outdo each other in virtuosity and humour


Singspiel in three acts K. 384 (1782)
Libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie, after Christoph Friedrich Bretzner

Jérémie Rhorer  direction

Jane Archibald  Konstanze
Norman Reinhardt  Belmonte
Mischa Schelomianski Osmin
David Portillo  Pedrillo
Rachele Gilmore  Blonde
Christoph Quest  Pacha Selim

Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Ensemble Aedes

Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which was long considered to be a minor score, is now recognised as one of the most significant operatic works in the Mozart catalogue. The criticism of a variety of styles, which was formerly levelled at it, is now hailed as the clear hallmark of a pleasing diversity in which the noble tone and virtuosity of Constance blend with the sparkling energy of Blonde and the irresistible comedy of Osmin. The unusual status of Die Entführung can be attributed to its position bridging two periods (Mozart was 26 at the time), revealing the spontaneity of a youthful period drawing to a close and the mastery of a style of writing which was already fully developed. The libretto is characterised by long excerpts of literary plagiarism from English and French models (Dryden and Marmontel respectively). The subject matter, which is given a “Turkish” treatment, actually illustrates the very serious theme of the monopoly exerted by powerful emotions, a subject close to the hearts of the French Encyclopaedists several decades earlier. Phoney eroticism blended with subtlety and irresistible tenderness create a heady cocktail which exerted an influence on Rossini a few years later.

 

 




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