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Mozart: Il Ratto dal Serraglio (Italian version of Die Entführung aus dem Serail) / Filippo Morace, Francesco Marsiglia, Sandra Pastrana, Gabriele Sagona, Carlos Natale

Album Summary

>Lichtenthal, Peter : Il Ratto dal Serraglio, opera (after Mozart)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Among Mozart’s major operas, in the 1830s, two of his works remained unknown because they did not conform to contemporary Italian tastes: the Turkish-style singspiel, Il ratto dal serraglio and Idomeneo. To assure a successful La Scala staging, physician and musicologist Pietro (Peter) Lichtenthal (1780-1853) undertook a considerable re-working of one of them, “Seraglio”. In the end, however, La Scala never staged this adaptation of the opera. The musical material prepared by Lichtenthal was only heard for the first—and perhaps, last—time at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza in May 2012.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
After the initial shock of the adaptation, the performance is quite solid. Marsiglia comes close to being a Mozartean. Natale and Aguiar have some good moments. The orchestra is competent, straight-laced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza (05/24/2012).


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Works Details

>Lichtenthal, Peter : Il Ratto dal Serraglio, opera (after Mozart)
  • Performer: Alberto Boischio (Fortepiano)
  • Conductor: Giovanni Rigon
  • Ensemble: Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1838
  • Studio/Live: Live