DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL

Rumour is told of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio that emperor Joseph II said it to be: »Too beautiful for our ears, and far too many notes, my dear Mozart.« – to which Mozart’s alleged response was, »Exactly as many, Your Majesty, as are needed.« Although this back and forth is found in Mozart’s biography, written by Franz Xaver Niemetschek eight years after the composer’s death, it cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. Nonetheless, the sceptical praise ascribed to the emperor compounded the reservations the contemporary critics had. Most surrendered to the musical excess of the score: Mozart was said to have taken the subject too seriously, and it could be argued that his complex harmonies overwhelmed instrumentalists and listeners alike, and that his work »did not belong in the theatre«.

26 Oct

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Location
Vienna State Opera
Date
26 October 2020
Starting Hour
19:00

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