Opening night: 18/06/2022
Next performances: 21/7
Nationaltheater Mannheim
Die Entführung aus dem Serail


W. A. Mozart tells a story about the insatiable human desire for more, the “black hole of desire”, a desire for timeless and borderless unity, to be one with the universe and all living creatures.

Performances of this “sung play” (Singspiel) have often dwelled on its exotic and somewhat contrived orientalism, piling one outrageous caricature on top of another. This entitles us to revisit the piece with a contemporary critical eye, one that is immersed in a world radically different from that of Mozart. With Aslı Erdoğan\’s written contributions to Luk Perceval\’s stage concept, the work echoes with both consonances and dissonances of epic proportions and intimate sadness. Our Quixotic heroes are alone, lost in the madding crowd of an absurd life.

A co-production of the Grand Théâtre de Genève and the Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg and the Nationaltheater Mannheim

Estelle Kruger
Amelia Scicolone
Joshua Whitener
Raphael Wittmer
Patrick Zielke
Tatja Seibt
Anna Magdalena Fitzi
Joris Bultynck
Patrice-Luc Doumeyrou
Orchester & Choir & Extras of the Nationaltheater Mannheim

Singspiel by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Libretto by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie
Adaptation by Luk Perceval in collaboration with Asli Erdogan
Musical Director Jānis Liepiņš
Stage Director Luk Perceval
Scenographer Philipp Bussmann
Costumes Designer Ilse Vandenbussche
Lighting Designer Mark Van Denesse
Dramaturgy Luc Joosten & Patricia Knebel
Choreographer Ted Stoffer
Choir director Dani Juris

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Desire is where we seek to go beyond ourselves into a new realm.