3, 5, 9th February; 19th March, 2016.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University
2hr 30m, with two fifteen minute intervals.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor: Greg Hocking, Raymond Lawrence
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
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.
Read Suzanne Chaundy’s directorial notes for further context, history, and the challenges of bringing this glorious production to life.
Production Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers.