Zaide – Mozart

Louis Langrée, Peter Sellars – Russell Thomas (Sultan Soliman), Morris Robinson (Osmin), Ekaterina Lekhina (Zaide) – Aix-en-Provence Festival

Zaide, the unfinished opera by Mozart, in a production directed by Peter Sellars which was the focus of controversy at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in 2008.

Composed in 1780, two years before The Abduction from the Seraglio, Zaide contains melodies of incredible inventiveness. The opera lacks an overture, a finale and many spoken dialogues, yet the missing elements allowed Sellars to elaborate and transform the work into a grand manifesto against slavery. Sellars' vision provoked a scandal, as it had previously in Vienna and London, but the Cour de l'Archevêché has experienced plenty of scandals.

The opera stars Russel Thomas (Sultan Soliman), Ekaterina Lekhina (Zaide) and Sean Panikar (Gomatz) and is conducted by Louis Langrée with the Salzburg Camerata. Sellar’s assistant director said of the performance: "You probably won't share this vision, you may be shocked or even remain indifferent to our contemporary approach, however, it is a gift and we hope that you will greet it with open arms and open minds."

Ekaterina Lekhina (Zaide)
Sean Panikkar (Gomatz)
Alfred Walker (Allazim)
Russell Thomas (Sultan Soliman)
Morris Robinson (Osmin)

Camerata Salzburg
Louis Langrée conductor

Movie director : Peter Sellars
Musical period : Classical music
Music genres : Voice, Opera

Duration : 01 h 49 min
Location : Aix-en-Provence Festival (Aix-en-Provence, France)
Recording date : 2008
Production date : 2008
Production : © Idéale Audience
Available version(s) : DE ST EN, DE ST FR

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