Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Singspiel in 3 acts
Stage Director : Jonathan Miller
Bassa Selim Klaus Maria Brandauer
Konstanze Malin Hartelius
Blonde Patricia Petibon
Belmonte Piotr Beczala
Pedrillo Boguslaw Bidzinski
Osmi Alfred Muff
Orchestra & Choir of the Zurich Opera
Conductor : Christoph König
Recorded in June 2003 at the Zurich Opera Festival, this Die Entführung aus dem Serail (“Abduction from the Seraglio”) has Englishman Jonathan Miller directing a sublime cast.
Malin Hartelius as Constanze is delightful throughout, singing effortlessly and bringing real emotion to the moments of introspection. She and Piotr Beczala, a tenor of enormous verve, make an inspiring couple.
The great Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer (Out of Africa, Mephisto) plays the Pasha with astonishing aplomb.
French soprano Patricia Petibon offers an impish Blonde whose encounter with Osmin is one of the performance’s high points. Her voice is full and assured and her temperament appropriately fiery. Boguslaw Bidzinski’s Pedrillo is faultless, while Alfred Muff is deliciously sadistic as Osmin, the harem guard.
In a limber, confident reading of the score, conductor Christoph König makes the most of its light and shade to highlight all the instrumental daring of a Mozart still only twenty-six years old.