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.










Pasha Selim



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

Christopher Lincoln Bogg
Eddie Muliaumaseali’i

Paul Biencourt

Lee Abrahmsen

Hannah Dahlenburg,

Rebecca Rashleigh

Nick Pelomis

Paul Dernelly,

Mark Henderson,

Robert Van Keulen,

Richard Wilson

Bernie Nolan

Debra O’Connor

Alexandra Oke

George Opritescu

John Overberg

Sue Robertson Roland


Zoe Taylor

Norma Tovey

Robert Van Keulen

Richard Wilson

Cecily Woodberry

David Woodberry