The film breaks up the musical sequences with footage of rehearsals and comments by the opera director Elijah Moshinksy who provides fascinating historical and musical insights.
The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film provides some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of The Abduction, his most popular opera during his lifetime.
"an unusual and interesting approach to opera on video, a hybrid documentary-cum-filmed performance. How ravishing it all is to look at. Both the documentary and staging glow with local colour – though this is more than window-dressing, conveying the exotic (and erotic) shock which Turkish culture delivered to Mozart’s Europe. More interestingly, the filming vindicates the advantages of video recording, by allowing the singers to flesh out performances that in sound alone often seemed less complete… it’s plenty of fun… and a delight to eye and ear." - The Gramophone
"This is a really wonderful treat both for confirmed lovers of opera and for those perhaps not yet totally convinced. Highly recommended indeed." - Cityscene
"Turkish Delight!" - Film & Video Magazine
"…pure delight" - The Independent
Awards & Accolades:
WINNER - Golden Rembrandt - IBC
2000 Nombre d’Or Festival
Paul GrovesYelda KodalliDesiree RancatoreLynton AtkinsonPeter RoseOliver Tobias
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra & ChoirSir Charles Mackerras
Opera directed & filmed by: Elijah MoshinskyFilm produced & directed by: Mick Casky
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