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The Abduction from the Seraglio

February 2017

SCHUSTER CENTER DIRECTIONS

   8:00 pm Friday, February 17, 2017 
   3:00 pm Sunday, February 19, 2017 

Pre-performance Talk Opera Preludes with Dr. Sam Dorf one hour before performances in the Mead Theatre 
Pre-performance Opera Bites before performances in the Wintergarden 
Opera Run Time Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, including two intermissions

Music by WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Libretto by GOTTLOB STEPHANIE THE YOUNGER (adapted from the original of Christoph Friedrich Bretzner)

A Dayton Opera Premiere and New Production

GLENN LEWIS* conductor  
KATHLEEN CLAWSON stage director
TYLER NELSON* tenor – Belmonte WEBSITE 
JEREMY GALYON bass-baritone – Osmin WEBSITE 
AMANDA WOODBURY* soprano – Constanze WEBSITE 
CHELSEA FRIEDLANDER* soprano – Blonde WEBSITE 
ROBERT NORMAN tenor – Pedrillo WEBSITE 
JAMIE CORDES actor – Pasha Selim WEBSITE 

*Dayton Opera debut

DAYTON OPERA THOMAS BANKSTON artistic director WEBSITE
DAYTON OPERA CHORUS
JEFFREY POWELL chorus master WEBSITE

IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES/NEW ENGLISH DIALOGUE BY ANDREA FELLOWS WALTERS AND KATHLEEN CLAWSON

Mozart first conquered Vienna with his vivacious comedy The Abduction from the Seraglio, which features rollicking Turkish-flavored music, virtuosic solo singing, stupendous duets and ensembles, and the exotic setting of a Turkish harem. A freewheeling tale of two women purchased from pirates by the Pasha Selim and their eventual rescue by their lovers, the work’s style is strongly similar to that of The Magic Flute, with even more death-defyingly difficult acrobatic singing by both of the women and the Pasha’s servant, the comically lecherous bass Osmin.

Constanze defies all attempts at seduction by the Pasha and sings one of the most difficult high-flying arias of the soprano repertoire, “Martern aller Arten” (“Tortures of all kinds”) in resisting his offer to take her into his harem. Blonde, her pert English maid, likewise rejects Osmin, whose virtuosic runs and sepulchral low notes mark the deep end of Mozart’s operatic output.

With the help of their Spanish lovers, Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo, the imprisoned women nearly make their escape, aided by two ladders and copious amounts of spiked wine. They are captured nevertheless. Fortunately, Pasha Selim shows his magnanimity, and the opera jubilantly concludes in a burst of dazzling high spirits as the lovers praise their selfless benefactor and prepare to set sail. It’s a sparkling trip you’ll be glad you made!


DP&L Foundation DPAA Innovation Partner—Powering Innovation in the Performing Arts
Harry A. Toulmin, Jr. and Virginia B. Toulmin Fund of The Dayton Foundation – Signature Sponsor, also supporting Set Design and Construction 
Dr. Edward and Margaret Hughes/First Dayton CyberKnife Leadership Sponsor 
The Bill and Jackie Lockwood Family Foundation – Leadership Sponsor
Marriott University of Dayton Associate Sponsor and Official Hotel of the Dayton Philharmonic
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DPAA Communications Partner
Coco's Bistro Official Cast Party Host of the Dayton Opera
The Jesse and Caryl Philips Foundation – Orchestra Music Provider
Opera Guild of Dayton Surtitles Provider

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