Die Entführung aus dem Serail


Mozart Die Entführung aus dem Serail opera to libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie (from Christoph Friedrich Bretzner). Directed 2017 at La Scala by Mattia Testi reviving the beloved 1965 production of Giorgio Strehler at the Salzburg Festival. Stars Lenneke Ruiten (Konstanze), Sabine Devieilhe (Blonde), Mauro Peter (Belmonte), Maximilian Schmitt (Pedrillo), Tobias Kehrer (Osmin), Cornelius Obonya (Pasha Selim), and Marco Merlini (A servant). Zubin Mehta conducts the Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus. Carla Ceravolo revives set designs by Luciano Damiani; Sybille Ulsamer revives costumes by Luciano Damian; lighting by Marco Filibeck. Sung in German. Released 2019. Grade: NA

You can see from the front cover that this production has a slightly old-fashion, quaint look (which doubtless looked new and exciting 55 years ago) . From the trailer below you can see the use of silhouettes for which this production is known. Will the modern take on this please everyone — or no one? That is the question.

Here’s the trailer from the Teatro alla Scala: