4 Reasons to See The Abduction from the Seraglio Next Month

A scene from James Robinson's "Orient Express" production of The Abduction from the Seraglio; Photo: George Hixson / Houston Grand Opera

A scene from James Robinson’s “Orient Express” production of The Abduction from the Seraglio; Photo: George Hixson / Houston Grand Opera

Ever since last season’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, we’ve been eagerly waiting to stage another one of Mozart’s work at LA Opera. Next month, we get to do just that! Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio opens on January 28 and here are five reasons to see this riotous opera.

Did we mention that it’s Mozart?

Mozart’s effervescent score is sure to thrill audiences—even though Emperor Joseph II asked that Mozart cut a few notes from the piece when it was first presented to him. (Check out that moment and the finale of Abduction as depicted in the Miloš Forman biopic Amadeus below.)

It’s a comedy.

We love a good operatic drama, but there’s no better way to welcome 2017 than with a light and funny opera like Abduction from the Seraglio.

With the flavor of a classic Hollywood screwball comedy, the story is about the shenanigans that ensure when Spanish noblewoman Konstanze is held captive in the private car of the notorious Ottoman royal Pasha Selim, while traveling on the famed Orient Express.

It’s Set in the 1920s.

This is another reason why Abduction is a must-see. Come to the show and see how cleverly an 18th century plots fits into the Roaring Twenties.

It’s the perfect starter opera.

If you haven’t been to the opera before, then this is the opera for you. It’s Mozart, so you’re most likely familiar with the style and/or have heard his music before. This production of Abduction is also grand, with a big train set, gorgeous costumes, and top-notch singing. It’s everything you’ve always wanted in opera and more.

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