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August Everding staged Mozart's Singspiel "Die Entführung aus dem Serail" (The Abduction from the Seraglio) in Munich's National Theater as a sunny comic opera but, as the director says, one with the "depth" required by Mozart. The buffo characters, for instance, take on compellingly human traits. Karl Böhm, who conducted his first "Entführung" in 1924, plunges into the depths of the music and uncovers its magic and brilliance, its eros and spirituality. At the center of the performance is Edita Gruberova as Konstanze, whose coloraturas are dazzling and always precise. As Osmin, Martti Talvela is a supple, shifty swaggerer. Thomas Holtzmann speaks the Bassa Selim as a nervous, passionate potentate. Francisco Araiza sings Belmonte with glowing lyricism. Norbert Orth is a spirited Pedrillo and Reri Grist a Blondchen with a natural charm and musical sensitivity.

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