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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, Mozart’s first real success in the theatre, the youthful genius was conscious of his Viennese audience’s fascination with all things eastern. The harem, or Seraglio, was its centre, surrounded by well-worn walls. Within, a young girl is clearly fascinated by a Pasha who rules by reason – he 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 castaways 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, directed by Stephen Medcalf and conducted by John Andrews, promises to be a good night out for all.

Sung in English with English surtitles

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
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  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
    25th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    2nd Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    12th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th 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 — 25th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm

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

  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden — 2nd Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Audley End Road, Saffron Walden , CB11 4UH

  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 12th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre — 16th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

    Exeter Northcott, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QB

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
    Book Online Now
  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
    25th Oct 2019 - 7:30 pm
  7. Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden
    2nd Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  8. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    12th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm
  9. Exeter Northcott Theatre
    16th Nov 2019 - 7:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. Sounds wonderful- it's new to me.
    Looking forward to it in Exeter

    Said Martin Perry at 19:53pm on 1st May 2019

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