Sun 25. August
19.00 h Schloss Augustusburg Prices D: € 77 / 65 / 57 / 45 / 25 / 15 (incl. fireworks)

Haydn-Festival, Feuerwerk 

Haydn’s Abduction

Robin Johannsen (Rezia)
Sophie Harmsen (Dardane)
Berit Norbakken Solset (Balkis)
Juan Sancho (Ali)
David Fischer (Osmin)
Rafael Fingerlos (Calandro)
Henning Jendritza (1. Subalterno / Uffiziale)
Christoph Maletzko (2. Subalterno / Sultano)
Capella Augustina
Andreas Spering

Truly surprising: eight years before Mozart, Haydn had already set to music the story of “Die Entführung aus dem Serail” (The Abduction from the Seraglio). This topic was extremely popular in the First Viennese School, and continued to be so for about 120 years: from Mozart’s “Alla Turca” up through Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, numerous references to the Orient run through the compositions of the time. One could almost say that a preoccupation with Islam was just as present in the 18th century as it is today. Unlike Mozart, Haydn composed his opera as an Italian libretto and the plot takes place not on the Turkish coast, but in Cairo. But Haydn, too, includes a pair of young lovers, a kindly Muslim monarch, and plenty of the atmosphere of the Orient – all enclosed in the most glorious music.

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732–1809)
›L’Incontro Improvviso‹ Hob. XXVIII:6,
Dramma giocoso per musica in drei Akten


Schloss Augustusburg
Schloss Augustusburg