The Abduction from the Seraglio
Composer Wolfgang Mozart
Librettist Gottlieb Stephanie
Conductor Michael Christie
Director Alison Moritz
Estimated running time is 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission.
The only thing harder than breaking into Hollywood is breaking out.
This risqué rom-com transplants Mozart’s trademark melodies to 1930s Tinseltown, where a “legitimate businessman” kidnaps a dishy deb with even prettier pipes and locks her away in his swanky nightclub.
While her honey puts together a plan to free the club’s new canary from her cage, her singing sparks a sweetness beneath the intimidating exterior of the buttoned-up boss. But with a gorilla guarding the door to her dressing room, it’ll take more than a little luck to break her outta the joint. Until then, the showgirl must go on.
UNDERSTAND EVERY WORD: The Abduction from the Seraglio will be sung in German, with English subtitles.
This project is supported in part by the City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.
Konstanze – Kathryn Lewek
Coloratura soprano Kathryn Lewek returns to Lyric Opera in The Abduction from the Seraglio; she was most recently seen here as Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute (2013). Recent engagements include Ginevra in Ariodante at Salzburg Festival and Opera Monte Carlo; Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera and many others; Eurydice in Orphée aux Enfers at Salzburg Festival; Konstanze in The Abduction from the Seraglio at Deutsche Oper Berlin; Rosina in The Barber of Seville with Opera Carolina, and Cunegonde in Candide at The Glimmerglass Festival. Lewek debuted at Carnegie Hall in Handel’s Messiah, and has performed concerts with Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Washington National Opera, among others.
Blonde – Rachele Gilmore
Coloratura soprano Rachele Gilmore returns to Lyric Opera for The Abduction from the Seraglio; she was most recently seen here as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel (2016). Recent engagements include Blonde in The Abduction from the Seraglio at Théâtre Champs-Elysées; Nannetta in Falstaff with Opera Omaha; Ninetta in The Thieving Magpie at The Glimmerglass Festival; the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor at Virginia Opera, Olympia in The Tales of Hoffman at The Metropolitan Opera and Boston Lyric Opera; Alice in Alice in Wonderland with Grand Théâtre de Genève; Gilda in Rigoletto with Opera Omaha and Opera Colorado; Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos with The Glimmerglass Festival, and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with Opera Philadelphia.
Belmonte – Ben Bliss *
Tenor Ben Bliss makes his mainstage debut with Lyric Opera in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Recent engagements include Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio at The Metropolitan Opera and Glyndebourne Festival; Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at Boston Lyric Opera; Ferrando in in Così fan tutte at The Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, and Oper Frankfurt, and a debut at Opera Philadelphia as Tamino in The Magic Flute; he also returned to Santa Fe Opera as Robert Wilson in Doctor Atomic. Bliss’s concert appearances include Handel’s Messiah and West Side Story Concert Suite No. 1 with New York Philharmonic. He is also the co-founder of Mise-En-Scène Studios (MESS NYC).
Osmin – Matt Boehler *
Bass Matt Boehler debuts with Lyric Opera in The Abduction from the Seraglio. Recent engagements include Sarastro in The Magic Flute at Utah Opera and Canadian Opera Company; Sparafucile in Rigoletto at Minnesota Opera and Theater St. Gallen; Bertrand in Iolantha and Marketeer in The Nose at The Metropolitan Opera; Osmin in The Abduction from the Seraglio at Madison Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera; Leporello in Don Giovanni at Madison Opera and Chicago Opera Theater; Méphistophélès in Faust at Michigan Opera Theater; Uncle in Elizabeth Cree at Opera Philadelphia; Il Cieco in Iris at Bard Summerscape; and Mr. Mister in The Cradle Will Rock at Opera Saratoga.
Pedrillo – Joseph Leppek
Joseph Leppek is a 2019-20 Lyric Opera of Kansas City Resident Artist. Recent appearances for Lyric Opera include the Explorations Series productions High Fidelity Opera and Mack the Knife is the Man I Love, as well as Glad Hand in West Side Story. He has also appeared as Tony in West Side Story with The Glimmerglass Festival; Mariachi 1 in The Summer King at Michigan Opera Theatre; Mr. Martini in the world premiere of It’s a Wonderful Life at Houston Grand Opera; Giachomo de Wisants in The Siege of Calais at The Glimmerglass Festival; and The Priest in Il Postino with Opera Saratoga.
Other casting information to be announced at a later date.
* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist