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    Die Entführung aus dem Serail

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    In Die Entführung aus dem Serail, fake exoticism mingles with irresistible tenderness in a potent cocktail which later inspired Rossini.

    Julien Chauvin
    Julien Chauvin © Franck Juery

    Florie Valiquette | Constance
    Levy Sekgapane | Belmonte 
    Florina Ilie | Blonde
    Sulkhan Jaiani | Osmin
    Sahy Ratia | Pedrillo
    Eric Ruf | Selim (spoken role)

    Julien Chauvin | direction
    Le Concert de la Loge
    Fiat Cantus Choir | direction Thomas Tacquet

    Die Entführung aus dem Serail, which for many years was considered to be a minor score, is now acknowledged to be a major work in Mozart’s operatic catalogue. The disparities in style for which it was criticised in the past are now hailed as a clear indicator of a pleasing diversity in which the noble tone and virtuosity of  Konstanze sit harmoniously alongside the sparkling energy of Blonde and the irresistible comedy of Osmin. Die Entführung aus dem Serail is unusual in Mozart’s work as it bridges two periods in his opera-writing career: the spontaneity of youth which is drawing to a close and the mastery of his fully mature writing. Pervaded with faux exoticism, yet subtle and irresistibly tender, this cocktail was a source of inspiration for Rossini some years later. Julien Chauvin and his young team will capture every ounce of its zest.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    Adaptation of German texts into French by Ivan Alexandre
    This concert was recorded by Olivier Simmonet, produced by Prismédia and co-produced by the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and Idées Heureuses. To be seen shortly on TCE live.