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Die Entführung aus dem Serail


Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

In German language with German surtitles

An opera right in the middle of the clashes between Orient and Occident, man and woman, culture and nature, revenge and forgiveness. An opera about the clash of two different cultures, but in shifted perspective, as Mozart scholar Volkmar Braunbehrens writes: "Europeans, forcibly detained at the court of a Turkish ruler, experience a magnanimity of much higher morality than they know from their own European countries."

The new production of Mozart's Singspiel by the award-winning director Nurkan Erpulat, who was born in Turkey and came to Berlin as a student in the early 2000s, is intended to provide a new and authentic view of this work at the Volksoper. In the process, the focus will also be on the female characters: "Especially with regard to the female characters, there are also a lot of questions about sexual morality, honour and loyalty," says the director. But in the interplay of historical and political discourse as well as pain-filled poetry, the work always remains a comedy for Erpulat - a Singspiel in fact, a Volksoper, a "people's opera", in the best sense!


Angelo Michele Errico
Stage direction
Nurkan Erpulat
Set design
Magda Willi
Costume design
Aleksandra Kica
Lighting design
Alex Brok
Choir director
Roger Díaz-Cajamarca
Gail Skrela
Textfassung für die Volksoper bearbeitet von
Sulaiman Masomi
Selim, Bassa
Murat Seven
Konstanze, Geliebte Belmontes
Rebecca Nelsen
Blonde, englische Zofe Konstanzes
Hedwig Ritter
Belmonte, spanischer Edelmann
Timothy Fallon
Pedrillo, Bedienter Belmontes und Aufseher über die Gärten des Bassa
Daniel Kluge
Osmin, Aufseher über das Landhaus des Bassa
Stefan Cerny