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Spectacular Opera Highlight in an Unexpected Context of Extreme Sports

The marvellous arias of Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” still reverberate in the air. The unique performance at the Red Bull Hangar-7 venue in Salzburg has certainly left an impression. The fact that the audience saw not just one stage but ten still gives cause for amazement. But where was the audience? At home in front of the TV.

04 September 2013 Events

This was one of the most unusual opera performances in history: “The Abduction from the Seraglio” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was performed at the Red Bull Hangar-7 at Salzburg Airport in Austria. The spectacular backdrop consisted of sleek racing cars, majestic aeroplanes and awe-inspiring bronze bulls. Here the opera film was created on 10 different stages instead of one in a co-operation between the Servus TV broadcasting company and the Salzburg Festival – and broadcasted live to the audience at home in front of the TV.

10 stages, world renowned singers, haute-couture and a “migrating” audience

The new production of Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio” propelled the opera into the 21st century, into the glamorous world of fashion and the jet set. Singers and performers – Desirée Rancatore as Konstanze, Rebecca Nelson as Blonde, Javier Camarena as Belmonte, Kurt Rydl as Osmin and Tobias Moretti in the narrating role of Selim among others – migrated from scene to scene, from stage to stage under the gigantic dome of the Hangar-7. The audience at home was plunged into the glittering world of catwalks, tailor’s workshops and photo shooting sets. The exclusive retro-chic costumes by fashion designer Lena Hoschek and the daring hair creations by the star hair dressers Mario Krankl and Martin Moser were truly a feast for the eyes.

And “The Abduction”?

The production by Adrian Marthaler transformed Mozart’s 18th century musical comedy into a story of seduction – the seduction of a young girl torn between commitment and the temptations of the superficial, bon-vivant jet set.

The Camerata Salzburg orchestra and the Salzburg Bach Choir performed under the artistic direction of Hans Graf – the voices of a quartet of the Young Singers Project were also heard. On a side note – singers and orchestra performed separately, with cutting edge in-ear technology ensuring the precise coordination of music and conducting.

A unique opera experience – without tuxedos or evening dress…

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik

Source: ServusTV/Andreas Kolarik