Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Opera Columbus' Mission: Seraglio

Jan 26, 2017

Mission: Seraglio brings James Bond to the opera.
Credit Opera Columbus

Opera Columbus presents Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio in an updated staging, complete with James Bond, dry martinis, beautiful people and villains just waiting to be vanquished.

Showtimes for Mission: Seraglio include 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27 (Mozart's 261st birthday) and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29th at the Southern Theatre.

The opera is sung in German, with English-language dialog.

I recently crashed a rehearsal on the Southern Theatre, just in time to talk with stage director Michael Cavanagh, and Opera Columbus' Artistic Director Peggy Kriha Dye.

I began by asking about the update, from a fanciful Turkish harem of Mozart's time (Mozart never came within 500 miles of Turkey in his life) to the 1960s urban cool of James Bond.

From saber-carrying villains to the sleek sexiness of James Bond, you'll hear every note of Mozart's magnificent, funny opera, as Opera Columbus brings us Mission: Seraglio.