Abduction from the Seraglio

New Production
Opera Omaha, 2020 (also seen at Lyric Opera of Kansas City and New Orleans Opera)


Director: Alison Moritz
Conductor: Gary Wedow
Scenic Design: Steven Kemp
Costume Design: Neil Fortin
Lighting Design: Anshuman Bhatia
Photo Credit: T. Grady


“Director Alison Moritz’s Opera Omaha debut was a success. The action of the story is animated, fun and natural.” (Omaha World Herald)

“Alison Moritz’s stage direction featured flirty choreography, slapstick humor, and realistic human interaction. The overall effect was a fantasy world with dark undertones.” (Schmopera)

“Opera Omaha’s re-imagined 1930s nightclub version of The Abduction from the Seraglio actually improved some of the original’s problematic dated elements” (Schmopera)

“If you’re seeking beautiful music, romance, and comedy, then look no further.” (Schmopera)


One of the chief joys of working on Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio is that the composer’s music feels perennially fresh and immediate, while offering flashes of universal insight into the human condition. Mozart has a place in a select pantheon of cultural figures who have created truly timeless works that seem evergreen, even as society continues to change rapidly.

This particular production has received several productions across the United States and, though it may not be the traditional interpretation of “Turkish delight” that this opera typically receives, it it is still nostalgic and glamorous. For every iteration of this production, my collaborators and I have sought to illuminate parts of this opera from a new perspective while remaining true to the source of it all – Mozart’s joyful, life-affirming music.