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Zaide – Mozart

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

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

About

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."

Program

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Zaide, K. 344
    • Introduction : First Interlude from "Thamos, König von Aegypten", K. 345
    • I, 1 - Oud improvisation
    • I, 1 - Oud adaptation of the Choir "Brüder, lasst uns lustig sein"
    • I, 1 - No. 1 Choir "Brüder, lasst uns lustig sein"
    • I, 2 - No. 2 Gomatz's suffering, Wordless Melodrama
    • I, 3 - No. 3 Aria "Ruhe sanft"
    • I, 3 - No. 4 Aria "Rase, Schicksal"
    • I, 3 - Second Interlude from "Thamos, König von Aegypten", K. 345
    • I, 3 - No. 5 Duet "Meine Seele hüpft vor Freuden"
    • I, 4 - No. 6 Aria "Herr und Freund, wie dank’ ich dir"
    • I, 5 - No. 7 Aria "Nur mutig, mein Herze, versuche dein Glück"
    • I, 6 - No. 8 Trio "O, selige Wonne"
    • II, 1 - No. 9 Melodrama "Zaide entflohen!"
    • II, 1 - No. 9 Aria "Der stolze Löw’"
    • II, 3 - No. 10 Aria "Wer hungrig bei der Tafel sitzt"
    • II, 4 - Third Interlude from "Thamos, König von Aegypten", K. 345
    • II, 4 - No. 11 Aria "Ich bin so bös’ als gut"
    • II, 5 - No. 12 Aria "Trostlos schluchzet Philomele"
    • II, 6 - No. 13 Aria "Tiger! Wetze nur die Klauen"
    • II, 7 - Fourth Interlude from "Thamos, König von Aegypten", K. 345
    • II, 7 - No. 14 Aria "Ihr Mächtigen seht ungerührt"
    • II, 7 - Fifth Interlude from "Thamos, König von Aegypten", K. 345
    • II, 7 - No. 15 Quartet "Freundin, stille deine Tränen"

Details

  • Directed by: Peter Sellars
  • Venue: Aix-en-Provence Festival (Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • Production date: 2008
  • Recording date: 2008
  • Duration: 1 h 49 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : EN, FR

Casting

  • Ekaterina Lekhina | Zaide
  • Sean Panikkar | Gomatz
  • Alfred Walker | Allazim
  • Russell Thomas | Sultan Soliman
  • Morris Robinson | Osmin
  • Camerata Salzburg
  • Louis Langrée | Conductor

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