THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
Composed by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Original text by: Christoph Friedrich Bretzner
Adapted by: Gottlieb Stephanie
Directed by: Michael Shell
Opera San Jose, CA
The Packard Humanities Institute
Conducted by: George Manahan
Lighting by: Pamila Z. Gray
Costumes by: Ulises Alcala
“Opera San Jose can be counted on to produce accomplished physical productions and this was no exception. Set designer Steven Kemp’s lavish, richly detailed Moorish structures and plentitude of flora elicited well deserved gasps and bursts of applause.”
"Steven C. Kemp had some serious fun, too, covering his minarets and castle walls with amazing regional patterns. His Act II garden, festooned with topiary, tulips and ivy, received its own ovation, and his spinning scaffolding earned some applause as well."
Michael J. Vaughn
"...a splendid set from Steven C. Kemp, which looks better than both productions at San Francisco Opera right now and provides a fine spectacle. It did not surprise me at all that the audience clapped for the last act's set design as it was revealed, it simply looks like a seraglio."