Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)

Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio)

Singspiel in two acts, in Hungarian, with Hungarian and English surtitles

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A gripping plot – in this case the story of young lovers fighting to escape the seraglio – is in and of itself one of the keys to a successful dramatic work. However, the varied music written by a twenty-something Mozart, with its freshness and a few oriental touches, makes the singspiel The Abduction from the Seraglio completely irresistible. Staging his first opera production is Miklós H. Vecsei, a director of Mozartian youthfulness.  The production is sure to be fresh and sometimes a bit irreverent toward operatic traditions also thanks to video projection group Glowing Bulbs and a new Hungarian translation by Dániel Varró.

Featuring the modern and contemporary dance students and alumni of the Dózsa György High School and Vocational School of Dance.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Hungarian text
Dániel Varró
Miklós H. Vecsei
Nikolett Németh
Costume designer
Kinga Réta Vecsei
Adrienn Vetési
Visuals and projection
Glowing Bulbs
English surtitles
Arthur Roger Crane
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki


Rajna Martin
Selim Pasha
József Wunderlich
Erika Miklósa
Rita Rácz
Péter Balczó
János Szerekován
András Palerdi
Attila Ollé


Foreigners are rare on Pasha Selim’s lands, this strange, almost magical place. However, this is exactly where Belmonte, a young European nobleman, ends up steering his ship. He has come for his betrothed, Kontstanze, who has fallen into the hands of human traffickers along with her friend, and both are now the captives of Pasha Selim.
Belmonte would immediately hurry to the palace to free everyone, but Osmin, the Pasha’s bad-tempered servant, stops him and drives him away. But Belmonte is not thwarted: he hides and sees that his friends Blonde and Pedrillo are forced to work in the Pasha’s factory. At just the right moment, Belmonte reveals himself to Pedrillo, who tells him that Pasha Selim is bombarding Konstanze with his love. He had taken her on a boat trip for a number of days and the two are just returning.
The Pasha approaches Konstanze gently, attempting to use rational arguments to convince her to love him. However, Konstanze keeps refusing him, telling him she is still in love with her fiancé Belmonte.
With Pedrillo’s help, Belmonte introduces himself to the Pasha as an architect and manages to gain entry to the palace. Although the Pasha has given Blonde to Osmin, allowing her hot-headed and somewhat narrow-minded owner to do as he pleases with her, the young girl is not afraid of him, putting him in his place whenever she feels like it.
Konstanze is increasingly overcome by grief at being separated from her fiancé, which leads the Pasha to issue an ultimatum: he has lost his patience and demands her love from the next day. Konstanze’s reply is yet another strong rejection. Pasha Selim gives up on using kind words and threatens to use force.
Pedrillo shares the great news with Blonde: Belmonte has arrived to free them! Blonde runs to tell Konstanze while Pedrillo drugs the guard Osmin, incapacitating him. The lovers can now finally meet, and Belmonte tells the others of his plan: he will set fire to Selim’s factory, which is suspicious anyway, and while everyone is occupied with the fire, the four of them will escape with Belmonte’s ship.
Night falls, and the escape starts according to plan. Osmin regains consciousness and sets his dogs on the escapees, forcing them into a corner. When Selim learns of the escape, he is boundlessly hurt and angry. He has the lovers thrown in prison and orders their execution.
At night in their cell, Konstanze and Belmonte pledge their eternal love for one another, and await death happily in each other’s arms. Selim, who was eavesdropping and heard their honest and selfless proclamations of love, finally overcomes his desire for revenge, surrenders Konstanze, and releases the prisoners. Before leaving, the newly released lovers gratefully salute the generous ruler. Only Osmin is unhappy with the events, but no-one listens to him.

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