The Abduction from the Seraglio

International Rescue at its most entertaining...The Abduction from the Seraglio!

Melbourne Opera kicks off its exciting 2016 season with a new production of Mozart's entertaining singspiel "The Abduction from the Seraglio".

Following her great success with Melbourne Opera's Cosi fan Tutte, director Suzanne Chaundy has set the opera in the 1970's, a world of international glamour, intrigue and espionage.  The beautiful German model Konstanze (Lee Abrahmsen), along with her assistant Blonde (Hannah Dahlenburg) and boyfriend Pedrillo (Paul Biencourt), has been abducted during a Mediterranean cruise and then "rescued" by the international man of mystery Pasha Selim (Nick Pelomis) and kept captive at his luxury hideout.  Konstanze’s' dashing lover Belmonte.....James Belmonte (Christopher Lincoln Bogg).....sets out to rescue her. In doing so, and after many entertaining adventures, he eventually thwarts Pasha Selim's boorish chief of security Osmin (Eddie Muliaumaseali’i).  After a surprise revelation, all ends well.

Not performed professionally in Melbourne for more than 20 years, Melbourne Opera has once again assembled an outstanding international cast to perform some of Mozart's most beautiful, demanding and entertaining music.  Not to be missed!  Performed in English, with just a dash of German!

With the outstanding MO chorus and Orchestra conducted by Greg Hocking.      Synopsis

CAST  
Belmonte Christopher Lincoln Bogg
Osmin  Eddie Muliaumaseali’i
Pedrillo Paul Biencourt
Konstanze Lee Abrahmsen
Blonde Hannah Dahlenburg & Rebecca Rashleigh
Pasha Selim Nick Pelomis
Guards Paul Dernelly,
Mark Henderson, 
Robert Van Keulen,
Richard Wilson 
CHORUS  

James Ash
Ariel Chou
Ian Cook
Fiona Craig
Paul Dernelly
Andrew Dickinson
Dick Dowling
Sue Halls
Peter Hanway
Mark Henderson
Angela Hennel
Lavinia Ionescu
Robyn-Jane Lacey Maree Macmillan

Bernie Nolan
Debra O’Connor Alexandra Oke
George Opritescu
John Overberg
Sue Robertson Roland Seidl
Zoe Taylor
Norma Tovey
Robert Van Keulen
Richard Wilson
Cecily Woodberry
David Woodberry

Photos by Robin Halls

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