Sung in French
Opera in three acts to a libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie, premièred in Vienna in 1782.
Translated into French (L’Enlèvement au Sérail) by Pierre-Louis Moline (1739-1820), French playwright and librettist.
New Royal Opera Production
Mathias Vidal Belmonte
Gwendoline Blondeel Blonde
Enguerrand de Hys Pedrillo
Nicolas Brooymans Osmin
Florie Valiquette Constance
Michel Fau Selim Bassa
Chœur de l’Opéra Royal
Orchestre de l’Opéra Royal
Under the patronage of Aline Foriel-Destezet
Gaétan Jarry Conductor
Michel Fau Stage direction
Sofiène Remadi Joint director
Antoine Fontaine Scenography
David Belugou Costumes
Joël Fabing Lighting
Tristan Gouaillier Assistant director
Performance in French with French and English surtitles
The essence of Mozart is revived, in French, in this masterpiece of opéra-comique.
In 1781, a young Mozart left the city of Salzburg and his post amid hostilities with his employer, Archbishop Colloredo. He moved to Vienna, the capital of music, which he set about conquering. To do so, the young composer endeavoured to make a name for himself at the opera, seizing on the commission from Emperor Joseph II for the Burgtheater. He composed an opera that was far removed from the highly codified opera seria, developing a more national genre, the Singspiel, a musical comedy that would be his first opera in German.
The piece was premièred a month after he finished composing it, in July 1782, conducted by Mozart himself. It was a triumph, and the emperor congratulated Mozart with these now-famous words: “Too beautiful for our ears, my dear Mozart, and an awful lot of notes.” To which the composer's impish retort was: “Exactly as many as are necessary, Your Majesty.” The opera was performed again in Vienna, followed by Prague, Leipzig and Salzburg, marking the start of the twenty-six-year-old Mozart’s Viennese career!
The emperor, like the rest of audience, was no doubt won over and captivated by the audacity of the composition, with its multiple effects and irresistible joy. Here, Mozart yields to Turkish fashions in both his choice of subject and the use of instruments evoking an Eastern touch, such as the piccolo or triangle and the cymbal, which can be heard from the very opening, simulating the fanfares of the Janissaries.
Gaétan Jarry directs the choirs and orchestra of the Opéra Royal, restoring all the flavour to Mozart’s music, seasoned with a mise en scene by the great opera enthusiast Michel Fau, and in a French-language version that feels utterly natural!
This performance is supported by the Françoise Kahn-Hamm Endowment Fund
Wednesday May 22nd " 15 minutes with" at 7.30pm (to be confirmed)
On presentation of your ticket for that evening and subject to availability.
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