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Event Date: February 13, 15, 21 and 22, 2015

 

West Bay Opera to Perform Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, Palo Alto, CA

 

Mozart's fun romp through the Ottoman Empire. West Bay Opera's production of the classy score that established Mozart in Vienna as a major opera composer.  

 

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Palo Alto, California, December 26, 2014 (McKenzieNewsService.com) - The West Bay Opera will perform Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio on  February 13, 15, 21 and 22, 2015 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA.

 

Belmonte, travels to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, from Pasha Selim's harem, into which she has been sold by pirates. Packing a full complement of acrobatic arias, witty ensembles, rousing choruses and some good laughs, the story is a crash course in early multiculturalism.  Imperial Austria and the exotic - and Muslim - Ottoman Empire, provide a fascinating parallel to some of the cross-cultural challenges of today.  In the end, love, wisdom and compassion save the day.

 

The truly stellar cast includes the company debuts of bass (and former Adler fellow) Kevin Thompson (Osmin), and soprano (and former Merolina) Nikki Einfeld (Konstanze), soprano Chelsea Hollow (Blonde) and tenor Tapan Bhat (Pedrillo). Tenor Michael Desnoyers returns as Belmonte. Fully staged in the original 18th century setting with exotic costumes and stunning, video-enhanced Ottoman period sets.  Sung in German, with English titles.  Eugene Brancoveanu, the extraordinary Papageno in WBO’s recent Die Zauberflöte, returns for his directorial debut.

 

Designers: Jean-François Revon (sets); Callie Floor (costumes); Edward Hunter (lighting); Frédéric O. Boulay (video); Tod Nixon (sound) and Aviva Raskin (makeup).

 

West Bay Opera orchestra and chorus, Bruce Olstad chorus master. José Luis Moscovich, conductor.

 

Performances are February 13 and 21, 8 p.m.; and February 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. The February 15 performance is followed by Q&A with the cast and directors. Preview with piano October 5, 8 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant, Palo Alto.

 

Admission is $40-75

 

Web: www.wbopera.org, Phone: 650-424-9999

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Jose Luis Moscovich
Email: joseluis@wbopera.org
Phone: 650-534-7811
Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

West Bay Opera
Palo Alto, CA
Web: www.wbopera.org 

 

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West Bay Opera to Perform Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, Palo Alto, CA

The West Bay Opera will perform Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio on  February 13, 15, 21 and 22, 2015 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Rd., Palo Alto, CA. Belmonte, travels to Turkey to rescue Konstanze, his betrothed, from Pasha Selim's harem, into which she has been sold by pirates. Packing a full complement of acrobatic arias, witty ensembles, rousing choruses and some good laughs, the story is a crash course in early multiculturalism.  Imperial Austria and the exotic - and Muslim - Ottoman Empire, provide a fascinating parallel to some of the cross-cultural challenges of today.  In the end, love, wisdom and compassion save the day. West Bay Opera orchestra and chorus, Bruce Olstad chorus master. José Luis Moscovich, conductor. Performances are February 13 and 21, 8 p.m.; and February 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. The February 15 performance is followed by Q&A with the cast and directors. Preview with piano October 5, 8 p.m. at Avenidas, 450 Bryant, Palo Alto. Admission is $40-75. Web: www.wbopera.org, Phone: 650-424-9999

 

 

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