ETO: Mozart: The Seraglio
Fri 25 Oct 7:30pmFrom £5.00 to £35.00
Snape Maltings Concert Hall
Stephen Medcalf director
John Andrews conductor
Sung in English
With The Seraglio, Mozart was conscious of his Viennese audience’s fascination with all things eastern. The harem, or Seraglio, was its centre. Within, a young girl is 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 Konstanze the young composer wrote his most passionate and difficult music; for their servants, Pedrillo and Blonde, he wrote his wittiest.
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.
ETO’s period production is a charming confection with a beating heart.
Pre performance talk
Peter Pears Recital Room 6.30pm
Tickets free but please book