Classical 91.5/HD91.5-1 is pleased to present Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio, A Lyric Opera production, airing Saturday, May 23 at 1 p.m. In this tale of romantic intrigue in exotic Turkey, three Europeans are captives of Pasha Selim (actor David Steiger/debut): the Spanish noblewoman Konstanze (soprano Erin Wall), her feisty English maid Blonde (soprano Aleksandra Kurzak/debut), and Blonde's beloved Pedrillo (tenor Steve Davislim), who is also the servant of Konstanze's fiancé, Belmonte (tenor Matthew Polenzani). Arriving in Turkey to rescue Konstanze, Belmonte manages to enter the Pasha's palace with Pedrillo's assistance and despite the objections of the Pasha's overseer, Osmin (bass Andrea Silvestrelli). Belmonte's plan to abduct Konstanze is thwarted by Osmin, and disaster looks imminent until the Pasha's innate nobility ensures a happy ending. Sir Andrew Davis, conductor; Donald Nally, chorus master. Sung in German.
Since its early days, Lyric Opera of Chicago has been regarded as one of the top three US opera companies, along with the Met and San Francisco. Chicago boasts an opera company that's second to none, with a box office exceeding 100 percent of capacity each year for the last decade, thanks to subscribers who give their tickets back for resale when they cannot attend a performance.