The Abduction from the Seraglio

'There are just as many notes as there should be'


With five-star reviews across the board for Albert Herring, John Copley returns to direct Mozart’s first comic masterpiece in a specially commissioned English translation by David Parry. Jean-Luc Tingaud also returns to conduct the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in Mozart’s life-enhancing score. No recitatives. Spoken dialogue separating arias and ensembles of wonderful brilliance, Seraglio was an instant hit. It is light-hearted, comic, and deeply affecting. Some of the music for the singers requires extreme vocal virtuosity. You will not be disappointed. The heroic Belmonte tries to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the Pasha’s country-house harem. The ending is heart-warming.

  • Composer — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Librettist — Christoph Friedrich Bretzner
  • Orchestra — Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Translation — David Parry

Production Team




Things are similarly impressive vocally, with Kiandra Howarth on full throttle as Konstanze, one of Mozart's most challenging coloratura roles.

Classical Source

Copley's production is good fun and plays it by the book, so we actually get Osmin up a tree, picking figs, just as the libretto tells us


Making stronger impressions are bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu as a grand-scale Osmin who savours the comic possibilities of his role, and actor Alexander Andreou in the spoken role of Pasha Selim - a character to whom he brings considerable humanity and dignity

The Stage

Kiandra Howarth sang as fine a Konstanze as I have ever heard, Christine Shcafer included, coloratura clear and meaningful, line finely spun. Humanity breathed into her character was Mozart's - yet her's too

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