#tbt to around this time in 2016 when we were performing the John Dexter production of DIE ENTFÜHRUNG AUS DEM SERAIL at the Metropolitan Opera @metopera
Belmonte is perhaps the most romantic of all of Mozart’s tenors and it is always a special night on stage when you get to express such a full range of feeling through one character. Tamino is a bit of a cipher and literally isn’t allowed to speak in most of act 2, we all know Ottavio’s arch can feel underserved, and Ferrando, while charming and dynamic exists within a smaller frame. The kings of opera seria are rich indeed, but their formality and historical context tend to a cooling distance from tenor and audience. Belmonte is all passion, courage, and action. I also like that none of his strength or bravery save the day—the peaceful resolution is worked out by a Frau and a Fremder, not our “hero.” So many Mozart roles are jewels, but Belmonte is cut more finely and shines more brightly than the rest.
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