Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Virtuoso singing and irresistibly comic situations vie for supremacy in the kingdom of Pasha Selim

Sung in German with French subtitles

Long seen as a minor score, Die Entführung aus dem Serail is recognised today as one of the major lyrical pieces in the Mozart catalogue. The stylistic disparities formerly disparaged are now hailed as the patent sign of a pleasing diversity, where Konstanze's noble tone and virtuosity harmonise with Blonde's bubbly enthusiasm and Osmin's infectious merriment. Die Entführung aus dem Serail comes at a special point in Mozart's operatic career, where the spontaneity of his youthful writing blends with the mastery of his fully mature compositions. Mock exoticism but an irresistible delicacy and tenderness in a cocktail that Rossini would remember some years later.

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