Johan Simons’ feisty production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail is an
intelligently innovative account of Mozart’s 1782 comic tale of
abduction, love, loyalty and forgiveness. Kurt Rydl’s Osmin is hilarious,
with just the right edge of latent thuggery; Mojca Erdmann’s smart and
cheeky Blonde sports a red riding coat, high latex boots and a belt that
she is not afraid to use on the men! Laura Aikin’s Konstanze, torn
between true love and obligation, reveals a vast range of human
emotions and Edgaras Montvidas’ Belmonte portrays his coming-of-age
with clarity and genuine charisma. The performance is whipped up to a
feverish pitch in the pit by Constantinos Carydis, the orchestra and
chorus responding with fleet virtuosity. This ground-breaking
performance delivers everything one could wish for from a Mozart
opera, combining thrilling energy with a profound sense of lyrical
beauty and truth.
2 DVD SET
Konstanze: Laura Aikin
Belmonte: Edgaras Montvidas
Osmin: Kurt Rydl
Blonde: Mojca Erdmann
Pedrillo: Michael Smallwood
Bassa Selim: Steven Van Watermeulen
The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Musical Director: Constantinos Carydis
Stage Director: Johan Simons
Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.
Interviews with the cast.
Behind the scenes documentary.
Recorded live at Het Musiektheater, Amsterdam on 2nd,
7th & 19th February 2008.
Adverts in Gramophone, Classic fM and BBC Music Magazine.
“Athenian wonder boy Constantinos Carydis has everything
you could want from a Mozart conductor, combining manic
energy with perfectionism and a profound sense of lyrical
beauty.” Bloomberg News
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