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Milan, “Il ratto dal seraglio” returns to La Scala with the historic direction of Strehler; Thomas Guggeis makes his debut on the Scaliger podium
Jessica Pratt protagonist of the pyrotechnic Singspiel that Mozart wrote for Emperor Joseph II of Austria
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“ Season 2023/24 | Opera "
It is a show that made the history of the theatre, that "Abducted from the menagerie" created by George Strehler and the set designer Luciano Damiani in 1965 for the Salzburg Festival, which landed in 1972 Milan staircase, where it is now being performed for six performances from 25 February to 10 March 2024. Singspiel in three acts, 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail” was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart between 1781 and 1782 commissioned by Emperor Joseph II of Austria, and debuted at the Court Theater in Vienna in July 1782. A pyrotechnic and spectacular work, “turqueria” set in the palace of the Selim Pasha, The Abduction from the Seraglio requires acrobatics vocals to all the performers, among whirlwind rhythms, tenderness between lovers and inexhaustible theatrical and musical inventions.

In his debut at La Scala, the 31-year-old takes the podium Thomas Guggeis, one of the most brilliant conductors of the new generation. Formerly Daniel Barenboim's assistant in Berlin, the German maestro is musical director of the Frankfurt Opera for the current season, and has been appreciated several times by the Milanese public as a guest of the Milan Symphony Orchestra. On stage, in the role of the protagonist Konstanze, the highly acclaimed soprano Jessica Pratt, the tenor and composer Daniel Behle like Belmonte, Jasmine Delfs like Blonde, Michael Laurenz in the role of Pedrillo e Peter Rose in that of Osmin. The acting part of Selim is entrusted to SvenEric Bechtolf. The direction is taken over by Laura Galmarini with the lights of Marco Filibeck and the mimic movements of Marco Merlini.

The Teatro alla Scala presents one of its shows every year historians: legendary is the staging of Giorgio Strehler's Abduction with sets and costumes by Luciano Damiani, which after its debut at the Salzburg Festival in 1965 under the direction of a 29-year-old Zubin Metha was presented at La Scala in 1972 and revived in 1978 and in 1994 with Wolfgang Sawallisch on the podium; the next and most recent appearance of the title at La Scala dates back to 2017, again under the baton of Zubin Mehta.

The debut of Thomas Guggeis who competes with this fundamental edition of Mozart's work completes the project of valorising the new conducting talents in the Opera Season of La Scala, which sees the co-presence of three Maestros between the ages of 30 and 40: on the same days they are at the Piermarini also Lorenzo Viotti, 33 years old, involved in the last performances of Simon Boccanegra and in three evenings for the Symphonic Season, and the Milanese Michele Gamba, also Barenboim's assistant in Berlin, who after the success of Médée is trying the revival of Madina by Fabio Vacchi (on stage from the 28th) but is also involved in a chamber concert with the Scala instrumentalists on the 25th.

“The beauty of the Rat” – explains the director Guggeis  – “it is precisely the exuberant rainbow of sounds that Mozart sews onto the thin plot: with a year to compose the work he fills it with refinements, tempo changes, variations, despite the orchestration not yet being as elaborate as in the Daponto trilogy. Until a few years ago, it was considered little more than a juvenile 'operetta', despite the mastery with which (according to the typical Singspiel structure) theatrically tasty dialogues and arias of very different form and content were combined".

“You have to take everything lightly and everything seriously. Mozart is very attentive to feelings, there is the comic element but presented with great elegance, with enchanting grace; and the whole story is always within the arcane limits of the impossible" he declared for his part George Strehler.


(Photocredit, Brescia & Amisano – Teatro alla Scala)


The representation of 3rd March will be broadcast in live on LaScalaTv.

One hour before the start of each performance, an introductory conference on the opera held by Franco Pulcini will be held in the Ridotto dei Palchi.
Milan, “Il ratto dal seraglio” returns to La Scala with the historic direction of Strehler; Thomas Guggeis makes his debut on the Scaliger podium

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Thomas Guggeis he studied conducting at the Munich and Milan Conservatories, as well as graduating in quantum mechanics. He began his career at the Berlin State Opera, where he was assistant to Daniel Barenboim and attracted general attention with a last-minute substitution in Salome, before taking over the position of Kapellmeister at the Stuttgart Opera from Season 2018/2019. Since 2020 he has returned to conduct in Berlin and from the 2023/2024 season he is Generalmusikdirektor in Frankfurt with a 5-year contract.

Giorgio Strehler and La Scala

In the Milan of the reconstruction, La Scala entrusted a twenty-six year old Giorgio Strehler with the direction of a new production of La traviata with Margherita Carosio and Tullio Serafin conducting. The first took place on March 6, 1947; on May 14th the Piccolo Teatro would have been inaugurated with Gorky's The Hotel of the Poor. Opera and prose, Scala and Piccolo would have been the two faces of a theatrical revolution that would have redesigned the cultural identity of the city of Milan, placing it among the capitals of the European scenes. At La Scala Strehler created 35 directions of 33 titles between 1947 and 1990 for over 480 performances in total. Among the authors proposed Cimarosa, Petrassi, Malipiero, Perosi, Ghedini, Rota, Stravinsky, Weill, Dessau and Wagner but above all Mozart and Verdi. From the first, Strehler brings to the stage Die Entführung aus dem Serail (from Salzburg), Le nozze di Figaro (from Paris) and Don Giovanni (scenes by Frigerio, directed by Muti for the '87-'88 Inauguration); of the second, in addition to the aforementioned Traviata and Falstaff directed by Lorin Maazel in 1980 and then revived several times by Muti, two titles that have made the history of musical theater for the perfect synergy between the direction, the direction of Claudio Abbado and vocal performers legendary: Simon Boccanegra (Inauguration '71-'72) and Macbeth (Inauguration '75-'76).    


Director Thomas Guggeis
Direction Giorgio Strehler

taken from Laura Galmarini
Scenes and costumes Luciano Damiani
Lights Marco Filibeck
Mimic movements Marco Merlini

Characters and performers
Selim Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Konstanze Jessica Pratt
Blonde Jasmin Delfs
Belmonte Daniel Behle
Pedrillo Michael Laurenz
Osmin Peter Rose
Silent servant Marco Merlini

Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro alla Scala
Choir Master Giorgio Martano

Teatro alla Scala production


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Singspiel in three acts
Libretto by Christoph Friedrich Bretzner
reworked by Johann Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger


25 February 2024 at 8pm 'before'
reruns on 29 February, 3, 5, 8 March 2024 at 8pm
0 March 2024 at 2.30 pm

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