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The Seraglio

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Autumn 2019

A period production of Mozart’s masterpiece

Director 
Stephen Medcalf
Conductor 
John Andrews

With The Seraglio, his first real success in the theatre, the youthful genius was conscious of his Viennese audience’s erotic fascination with all things eastern. The harem, or Seraglio, was its scented centre, surrounded by well-worn walls. Within, a young girl is clearly fascinated by a strange, passionate Pasha who rules by reason – he, of course, never sings, unlike his bumptious young rival, the boy from Seville.

For Belmonte, and the girl called ‘Konstanze’ (like Mozart’s wife), the young composer wrote his most passionate and difficult music; for their servants, Pedrillo and Blonde, he wrote his wittiest. They are a bit like celebrities on an island, free of practical skill, finding out their strengths and weaknesses by trial and error.

Mozart up-ends all possible stereotyping in his singspiel. If you meet a more independent and assured maid than Blonde, maybe take cover; if you expect tyranny from everyone who frightens you, look closer at the Pasha.

A charming confection with a beating heart, ETO’s period production of The Seraglio should be a good night out for all who enjoy life.

Sung in English

Concert performance at Lancaster Priory
More dates to be announced

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  2. Hackney Empire
    8th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
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  3. Buxton Opera House
    11th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    18th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    21st Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Lancaster Priory
    7th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  1. Hackney Empire — 4th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  2. Hackney Empire — 8th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    291 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1EJ

  3. Buxton Opera House — 11th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Water Street, SK17 6XN

  4. Gala Theatre, Durham — 18th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    1 Millennium Place, Town Centre, Durham, DH1 1WA

  5. Theatre Royal Bath — 21st Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath, BA1 1ET

  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall — 26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP

  7. Lancaster Priory — 7th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    LA1 1XB

Stephen Medcalf

Stephen Medcalf

Director

John Andrews

John Andrews

Conductor

With a special affinity for Italian bel canto and English baroque, John Andrews has conducted over 40 operas with companies including Garsington Opera, Opera Holland Park, London Handel Festival and Volkstheater Rostock. An exponent of neglected English music, he has appeared regularly at the English Music Festival. Recordings include: Thomas Arne’s The Judgement of Paris, The Light of the World and Incidental Music to Macbeth; The Tempest (Sir Arthur Sullivan); The Mountebanks (Gilbert and Cellier) for Dutton Vocalion with the BBC Concert Orchestra; Percy Sherwood’s Double Concerto; Sir Frederic Cowen’s 5th Symphony for EM Records. For ETO he has conducted Rossini’s ‘Fireworks’, Tolomeo, Don Giovanni, Anna Bolena and Pia de’ Tolomei.

Showing At

  1. Hackney Empire
    4th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  2. Hackney Empire
    8th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
    Book Online Now
  3. Buxton Opera House
    11th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  4. Gala Theatre, Durham
    18th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  5. Theatre Royal Bath
    21st Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  6. Snape Maltings Concert Hall
    26th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Lancaster Priory
    7th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

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