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Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Estates Theatre (Stavovské divadlo), Železná, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00



14. 12. 2017
20. 12. 2017
12. 1. 2018
21. 1. 2018

The theme and music of Die Entführung aus dem Serail reflect much of the composer’s personal revolt, with the characters too longing for liberation and escape from captivity, facing wrath and arrogance, fighting — when their path to freedom is opened — with doubts about their loved ones and themselves. Yet as is customary with Mozart, melancholic and oppressive moods alternate with lightened, humorous, even slapstick moments.

The story of Konstanze and her maid Blonde, abducted by the Turkish Pasha Selim to his harem, from where after overcoming numerous pitfalls they are liberated by their fiancés Belmonte and Pedrillo, is a variation on the vital Mozartian theme of seeking free naturalness and balance in human relations, above all, in relationships between men and women. The fleshed-out characters and musical virtuosity of the solo parts place Mozart’s singspiel high above the works of (not only) his contemporaries and also confirm the composer’s paramount position among the dramatic artists of all time.

The opera is staged in German original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.

author: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

libretto: Christoph Friedrich Bretzner, Johann Gottlieb Stephanie ml.
musical preparation: Tomáš Netopil
conductor: David Švec
stage director: Joël Lauwers
sets: Etienne Pluss

cast: Hannes Gastinger, Simona Houda–Šaturová/Olga Jelínková/Jana Šrejma Kačírková, Jana Sibera/Yukiko Kinjo, Aleš Briscein/Richard Samek ...

duration of the performance: 2 hours and 45 minutes, 1 intermission

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