The Abduction from the Seraglio by Mozart
Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” is playing from 16 October 2014 to 15 February 2015 at the Opéra Garnier, 3 minutes from the Hôtel des Etats-Unis Opéra.
Mozart composed “The Abduction from the Seraglio” in 1782 at the age of 25, at the peak of his musical maturity. It was the first opera the maestro had written in German and in addition was a Singspiel, alternating sung and spoken parts.
It tells of the attempt by the rich Belmonte, to rescue his fiancée Konstanze who was being held prisoner in the palace of the Turkish Pasha Selim.
It was written as a light, entertaining piece. Since the action takes place in the palace of an eighteenth century pasha, the music is exotic (triangles, cymbals and kettle drums)
Running time: 2 hours 40 – An intermission
Orchestra and chorus of the Opéra de Paris
A trip to the opera at the Opéra Garnier will definitely be memorable and not necessarily expensive. It all depends on the date and the quality of the seats. Prices range from €10 to €240. There are 19 performances. Plan your trip in advance to enjoy the best prices
It is also possible to obtain category 1 seats for 50% less.
The Madeleine ticket office is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 12:30 to 8:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. Seats are sold for the same day.
Address: 15 Place de la Madeleine.
The Emperor Joseph II, who commissioned the opera from Mozart complained, “That is too fine for my ears – there are too many notes.” Mozart replied, “There are just as many notes as there should be, sire!”