Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Blu-Ray) – Laura Aikin & Edgaras Montvidas

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Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (Blu-Ray) – Laura Aikin & Edgaras Montvidas

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artists: Laura Aikin, Edgaras Montvidas, Kurt Rydl, Mojca Erdmann, Michael Smallwood, Steven Van Watermeulen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, De Nederlandse Opera
Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
Director: Johan Simons
Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9
Language: German
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: BBC Opus Arte
Blu-Ray Release Date: February 24, 2009
Run Time: 214 minutes

Johan Simons’s 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; Michael Smallwood makes a charming, suave and mocking Pedrillo. Laura Aikin’s Konstanze, torn between true love and obligation, reveals a vast range of human emotions and Edgaras Montvidas portrays Belmonte’s 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. Bluntly “theatre about theatre,” 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.

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