- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 2 hours, 32 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 26, 2009
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Kultur Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
- Interactive Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's production of Mozart's "Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail" (The Abduction from the Harem) is filmed from rehearsals to performance, giving audiences an inside look at the process of mounting an opera. The documentary also traces aspects of Mozart's life including much background on this particular opera which was the composer's most successful work during his lifetime.
This production, performed in the Harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, is one-third documentary and two-thirds filmed opera. This fascinating film revolves around a staging of Mozart's first popular success, Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The film breaks up the musical sequences with footage of rehearsals and comments by the opera director Elijah Moshinksy who provides fascinating historical and musical insights. The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film provides some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of The Abduction, his most popular opera during his lifetime.