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Entführung aus dem Serail 1982Dresden State Opera

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The 1982 Edinburgh Festival had an Italian theme, though the opera programme did not follow this slavishly. Scottish Opera at least performed Puccini, and Manon Lescaut had not been seen in Scotland since Carl Rosa days. The Dresden State Opera brought a Germanic Mozart work, Die Entführung, and a Strauss one, Ariadne auf Naxos, with its Italianate commedia link. Welsh National's contribution was Handel - the first Scottish performances of Tamerlano. This tied in very neatly with a second Handel masterpiece, Ariodante, that ended the Festival with a lovely production by the Piccola Scala from Milan, who also brought an early Rossini piece, La pietra del paragone.

When the Dresden company paid its first visit to the Festival, Ariadne, one of the group of Strauss works premiered in its own city, was a fairly obvious choice. Seraglio was perhaps less clear-cut, but it seems to have been a popular choice by visiting German companies over the years.

Harry Kupfer was without doubt one of the greatest of the East German school of directors (even if this was less interesting overall than his Elektra staging which Welsh National showed in Glasgow three years earlier).

Performance Cast

Belmonte a Spanish aristocrat

Armin Ude (Aug 24, 29)

Günther Neumann (Aug 26)

Osmin the Pasha's overseer

Rolf Tomaszewski

Pedrillo Belmonte's servant

Uwe Peper

Konstanze a Spanish lady

Carolyn Smith-Meyer

Blonde Konstanze's English maid

Barbara Sternberger

Selim a Turkish Pasha

Werner Haseleu

Performance DatesEntführung aus dem Serail 1982

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Kings Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

24 Aug, 19.30 26 Aug, 19.30 29 Aug, 19.30

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