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The Abduction from Seraglio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Sun, September 30, 2018 @ 2:00 pm
Livermore Valley Opera
Mozart ushered in a new era in music history with this first of his operatic masterpieces. It tells of the rescue of the young Spaniard Konstanze and her English maid Blonchen by their fiancés Belmonte and Pedrillo from the Ottoman Palace of Pasha Selim and his ferocious henchman, Osmin. Mozart transcends the popular “Turkish Music” fashion of the time with an opera of great emotional depth, combined with lighthearted scenes of hilarious comedy. Virtuoso singing and brilliant orchestration previously unheard in Vienna prompted Emperor Joseph II (of movie Amadeus fame) to exclaim “Too many notes!” Sung in German with English dialogue and supertitles.