On Tuesday, April 19, the York Prep senior class partook in their annual visit to the metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center to enjoy a private working rehearsal and lunch just a month before graduation. This special treat allowed for over sixty students to get a behind the scenes look at what goes into preparing for opening night. With just three evenings before their first performance, the entire cast, pit, conductor, and crew were all gathered to perfect the show.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail (or The Abduction from the Seraglio; also known as Il Seraglio) is an opera in three acts composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The work uses spoken dialogue and separate musical numbers in the form of a Singspiel, or “sung play,” and the German libretto is by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner with adaptations by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie. The plot consists of the hero Belmonte, along with his servant Pedrillo, attempting to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the seraglio of Pasha Selim.
The work, which originally premiered in July of 1782 at the Vienna Burgtheater, will be performed just five times at the Met this spring. Music Director of the Metropolitan Opera James Levine has returned to this entertaining “comic gem of wily captives in a harem” because it is a work he has long cherished. Coloratura soprano sensation Albina Shagimuratova is starring in the bravura role of Konstanze while rising tenor Paul Appleby is playing Belmonte. Soprano Kathleen Kim performing the shrewd maid and bass Hans-Peter König will be delivering the comic gravitas as overseer of the harem. Luckily for York Prep, the talented team of performers displayed their great skill and dedication in the rehearsal and turned a time of warming up, practicing, and honing in on all of the minor aspects of the show into an unforgettable experience.