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Desirée Rancatore returns to Salzburg Festival

  • The Italian soprano returns to the Austrian event where she emerged as a singer with Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, an opera which brought her international fame. She will appear in a spectacular production set among vintage aircraft

Desirée Rancatore ©Nicola Allegri On the 26th August the soprano Desirée Rancatore returns to Salzburg Festival to take the lead role in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, the Mozart opera which launched her international career at the same Austrian festival. In Salzburg the Italian singer will perform in a spectacular production in Hangar 7 of Salzburg Airport which will be broadcast live in high definition all over the world on television and internet. Adrian Marthaler’s innovative production has a first rate cast as well as haute couture costumes by the outstanding designer Lena Hoschek, the action of this Mozart masterpiece is to unfold amongst a collection of vintage aircraft and Formula 1 cars.

For this production Desirée Rancatore is digressing from the rest of her agenda this year, which is almost exclusively dedicated to Verdi in this bicentenary year of his birth, in a return to her “beloved Mozart”, as she herself affirms. “He is the composer who taught me to love music. To perform his opera in Salzburg, the cradle of his art, fills me with pride and satisfaction, especially since it is a production which innovates and updates an opera which has been so important in my career.” The singer from Palermo has joined rehearsals for this Il Seraglio replacing Diana Damrau in the role of Konstanze and she will be sharing the stage with Javier Camarena (Belmonte), Rebecca Nelsen (Blondchen), Kurt Rydl (Osmin) and Tobias Moretti (Bassa Selim); the conductor is Hans Graf.

This will be Rancatore’s second audiovisual production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, after the prize-winning film by Mick Csaky Mozart in Turkey which was recorded in the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul for the BBC a decade ago, and conducted by Charles Mackerras. This time Adrian Marthaler takes the action to Salzburg Airport, placing the characters among a collection of historical aeroplanes and formula 1 cars which form the backdrop to an opera which is about kidnappings and confabs. Hangar 7 will be transformed into a TV studio in what has already been recognized as a great technical and artistic challenge, a co-production between Salzburg Festival and ServusTV.