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Opera Abbreviated Podcast: Opera Columbus' Mission: Seraglio

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.

Christopher Purdy is Classical 101's early morning host, 7-10 a.m. weekdays. He is host and producer of Front Row Center – Classical 101’s weekly celebration of Opera and more – as well as Music in Mid-Ohio, Concerts at Ohio State, and the Columbus Symphony broadcast series. He is the regular pre-concert speaker for Columbus Symphony performances in the Ohio Theater.