Abducting Mozart’s ‘Abduction From a Seraglio’ to another time

January 29, 2017 - Picnic Time

The new Los Angeles Opera prolongation of Mozart’s “The Abduction From a Seraglio” has dual intermissions. So during a premiere Saturday night, many used a event to check cellphones for a latest violation news of a justice sequence reversing tools of President Trump’s refugee transport ban, airfield protests and all a rest. Then behind to one’s chair for diversion in a expediently imaginary universe of late 18th-century Viennese opéra bouffe.

Had we been in Europe, it would have been different. James Robinson’s prolongation updates Mozart’s operatic satire of themes that couldn’t be some-more impending —  East contra West, Muslim contra Christian —  from a Turkish pasha’s house to a Orient Express roving from Istanbul to Paris in a Roaring ’20s.

The prolongation was usually new to L.A. Its roots are in a 1998 entertainment Robinson combined for Wolf Trap Opera, outward Washington, D.C., and after incited into a bone-fide co-production among 5 U.S. show companies. One was a now gone Pacific Opera in Orange County, where it was mounted in 2003.

But that same summer in 1998, a Salzburg Festival in Mozart’s Austrian hometown invited a Palestinian museum executive to theatre a revelatory “Abduction,” emphasizing a deeper layers of Turkish and Islamic change on a West. Since then, ever more impassioned politicizing of Mozart’s no-longer trusting work has turn de rigueur for any self-respecting show company, vast or small, overseas.

James Conlon, puts Mozart first, that means adequate animation to keep spirits high and adequate support for his singers to remind them of a durable stress of what they sing.

‘The Abduction From a Seraglio’

Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown Los Angeles

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 and 16; 2 p.m. Feb. 12 and 19

Cost: $19-$309

Info: (213) 972-8001 or www.laopera.org

Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes

 

 

 

 


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