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Ivor Bolton conducts the 2006 Salzburg production of Mozart's exotic opera of sexual captivity.
Mozart satisfied the popular fascination with the East with this lively and exotic setting of the story of a Western woman held in the Pasha's harem. His opera (written for Vienna in 1782) was a hit with the Emperor and the public and retains its place in the public affection today.
Stefan Herheim's Salzburg production brings together a superb international cast led by two Americans - coloratura soprano Laura Aikin and tenor Charles Castronovo, alongside the well-loved Bavarian Bass Franz Hawlata. Ivor Bolton conducts the orchestra of the Mozarteum, Salzburg.
MOZART22: THE COMPLETE STAGE WORKS ON DVD
The Salzburg Festival 2006 will be remembered for the remarkable achievement of staging all 22 of Mozart's stage works. This major Mozart landmark, 250 years after his birth, has been preserved on film for release by Decca and Deutsche Grammophon on 19 DVDs.
Laura Aikin (Konstanze)
Valentina Farcas (Blonde)
Charles Castronovo (Belmonte)
Dietmar Kerschbaum (Pedrillo)
Franz Hawlata (Osmin)
Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
Ivor Bolton (Conductor)
Stefan Herheim (Director)
Gottfried Pilz (Stage and costume design)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese
Works on This Recording
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Franz Hawlata (Bass),
Charles Castronovo (Tenor),
Valentina Farcas (Soprano),
Laura Aikin (Soprano),
Dietmar Kerschbaum (Tenor)
Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Fun it is -- Mozart it ain't May 25, 2012
By BURTON A JONES, JR. (Manvel, TX) See All My Reviews
"What would Mozart think of the opening scene with a nude couple on stage? My guess, he'd applaud wildly. Likewise for the second act, with a dozen or so lovely ladies dancing around in their undies. The story line bares little resemblench to Mozart's opera, which apparently was a place from which to depart.Nevertheless, it is a fun production and welcomes a new star (to me) in the person of Valentina Farcas, who steals every scene she is in. I hope to see more of her. The other singers and orchestra perform admirely. It has its flaws, but what doesn't. Highly recommended."