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Saturday, April 28, 2012 -  8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 -  7:00 PM
Friday, May 4, 2012 -  8:00 PM
Sunday, May 6, 2012 -  2:00 PM

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Following the adventures of a young Spanish nobleman, his lover, and their servants who are kidnapped and placed into service to the Pasha, The Abduction from the Seraglio serves up side-splitting laughter alongside moments of genuine pathos. Two stars of Pittsburgh Opera’s The Barber of Seville (2010) return in another comic pairing: David Portillo as the nobleman Belmonte, and Paolo Pecchioli as the Pasha’s right-hand man, Osmin. Lisette Oropesa takes the demanding role of Konstanze in her Pittsburgh Opera debut; Ashley Emerson also debuts as Blonde, and Joseph Gaines (Turandot, 2011) returns as Pedrillo. The unique production, from Houston Grand Opera, places the action on the luxurious Orient Express train. Music Director Antony Walker conducts.

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Photos from a 2004 production of The Abduction from the Seraglio at Houston Grand Opera. Photos by Andrew Cloud; all rights reserved.Photos by David Bachman, copyright 2012. You can see additional production photos on our home page slide show.

 • All performances of The Abduction from the Seraglio are at the Benedum Center.
UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: Sung in English with English texts projected above the stage.
• Estimated run time is 2 hours, 50 minutes with 2 intermissions.
• Join us one hour before each performance for the Pre-Opera Talk. Free to all performance ticketholders, Pre-Opera Talks are full of insights on the opera, the composer, and more!

Previews and Reviews

REVIEW: "Mozart's opera on the Orient Express thrilling" - Post-Gazette
REVIEW: "Roving Pittsburgher Report: 'Abduction'" - Positively Pittsburgh Live
REVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera pulls off 'Abduction'" - Tribune-Review
PREVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera puts 'Seraglio' on the rails with a comic edge" - Post-Gazette
PREVIEW: "Pittsburgh Opera revives Mozart's early work" - Tribune-Review 

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The Cast and Artistic Team
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Music and Videos

 Cast and Artistic Team

(cast is listed in order of vocal appearance)


David Portillo
Belmonte

Paolo Pecchioli
Osmin

Joseph Gaines
Pedrillo
 

Adam Fry*
Pasha Selim

Lisette Oropesa+
Konstanze

Ashley Emerson+
Blonde
 


Conductor:
 Antony Walker
Production: James Robinson
Director: Michael Shell
Set DesignerAllen Moyer
Costume Designer: Anna R. Oliver
Lighting Designer: Paul Palazzo
Assisstant Conductor: Glenn Lewis
Chorus Master: Mark Trawka
Associate Coach/Pianist: James Lesniak
Wig & Makeup Designer: James Geier
Assistant Director: Stephanie Havey*

+ Pittsburgh Opera debut
* Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist
** Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artist alumni

Sets and costumes from Houston Grand Opera

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Music From The Abduction from the Seraglio

Click to hear music from The Abduction from the Seraglio
Konstanze stands up to the Pasha: “Marten aller arten” (A. Rothenberger)
All praise the Pasha as the lovers are set free: “Finale” 

Video From The Abduction from the Seraglio

See dress rehearsal video of "All kinds of torture (Marten aller arten)" by Lisette Oropesa
See dress rehearsal video of the Finale by the Pittsburgh Opera ensemble cast and chorus
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