Theatre for theatre's sake: Giorgio Strehler's Abduction from the Harem in Naples

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In the role of Konstanze, soprano Maria Grazia Schiavo was great: passionate and technically impeccable, exact and agile in the coloratura passages, warm and moving in her vibrato. She was more than superb in her duet with Belmonte, and in the wonderful quartet at the end of Act 2. Most formidable of all was her performance of the long aria “Martern aller Arten”, a dreadful one for all sopranos, which Schiavo performed gorgeously.

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Lorenzo Fiorito