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Entführung aus dem Serail 1971Deutsche Oper, Berlin

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The principal operatic event at the 1971 Edinburgh Festival was a new staging of Rossini's Cenerentola, with an excellent cast that was recorded during the run. The Deutsche Oper, Berlin, visited for the first time, with an elderly staging of Die Entführung aus dem Serail and a brand new one of Reimann's Melusine. Scottish Opera revived its 1966 production of Die Walküre as part of its preparation for a cycle to be performed in December.

This rather routine staging of Seraglio had a distinctly old-fashioned air, one suggestion being that the design concept might even be pre-war. Whatever the difficulties for the Berlin company in finding stock productions to fit the King's (the second work, Reimann's Melusine was almost a chamber-piece), on paper this cast was of high quality. The first night was marred by the illness of Erika Köth, who struggled through 'Traurigkeit', then fainted. After a long interval for medical attention she carried on, never sounding happy, and was unable to sing the second performance. Unfortunately the cover singer was also off form. However the other cast members were fine. Werner Hollweg was one of the best Mozart tenors of that era, not often heard in Britain. Even better, the two performers of Osmin were both excellent - a young, very tall, Swede, and a veteran, more traditional, German.

Performance Cast

Belmonte a Spanish aristocrat

Werner Hollweg

Osmin the Pasha's overseer

Bengt Rundgren (Aug 30; Sep 1)

Josef Greindl (Sep 3)

Pedrillo Belmonte's servant

Martin Vantin

Konstanze a Spanish lady

Erika Köth (Aug 30; Sep 3)

Bella Jasper (Sep 1)

Blonde Konstanze's English maid

Carol Malone

Selim a Turkish Pasha

Walter Dicks

Performance DatesEntführung aus dem Serail 1971

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

30 Aug, 19.30 1 Sep, 19.30 3 Sep, 19.30

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