Sunday, September 8, 2013

Abduction from Hangar 7 – Salzburger Festspiele Fernsehproduktion

On August 26, Hangar-7 at the Salzburg Airport was transformed into an event location resounding with culture, when Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, produced especially for TV viewers in co-production with ServusTV, was broadcast live from there. 
I just found this copy of the broadcast. Watch it before it disappears. We'll chat about it later.

(Updates 9/9/2013: 1. Rebecca Nelsen is Blonde in this production. 2. You can see a much higher quality video at the Servus TV website.) 

Here are some notes about the location:
Ordinarily home to a collection of historic Flying Bulls airplanes as well as Formula 1 race cars, a space for art exhibits, the restaurant Ikarus, the bars of the Outdoor Lounge and a café, Hangar-7 turns into an opera setting and a TV studio for Mozart’s play with music about an abduction – performed not on stage in front of a seated audience, but at various locations embedded in the normal course of evening events at Hangar-7 – a great artistic and technical challenge. In front of your TV at home, you will enjoy the “best seats in the house,” for the individual scenes are meant to form a unified whole when viewed on screen.
It looks like there's a bit of theater-within-a-theater action going on. Here's the list of cast and production folks: 

Desirée Rancatore (Konstanze) 
Javier Camarena* (Belmonte) 
Daniela Fally Rebecca Nelsen (Blonde) 
Thomas Ebenstein (Pedrillo) 
Kurt Rydl** (Osmin) 
Tobias Moretti (Pasha Selim) 
Salzburg Bach Choir
Camerata Salzburg 
Hans Graf, conductor 
Adrian Marthaler, director 
Felix Breisach, television director 
Lena Hoschek, costumes 
Alois Glassner, Chorus 
Ronny Dietrich, Dramaturgy

*Ferrando in the "Don't drink the blue kool-aid, Fiordiligi!" Cosi
**An Osmin among Osmins.

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