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Abduction from the Seraglio: Revelations

Abduction from the Seraglio: Revelations

Update: 2023-06-01
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With such a dark past, what does the future look like for opera as an art form? From Verdi to Mozart, many of opera’s most celebrated works famously reduce people of African descent to racist caricatures and stereotypes with tragic fates. 

In the final episode of this season of Every Voice with Terrance McKnight: we go in search of opera’s future with composers, musicians, and thinkers of today, and turn our attention one more time to Mozart's “Abduction from the Seraglio” to learn from a long-voiceless character. Joined by Dr. Sharon Willis, opera and theater director Peter Sellars, and opera greats Chauncey Packer, Limmie Pulliam, and more. 

This episode is written, hosted and produced by Terrance McKnight with support from David Norville. The Executive Producer is Tony Phillips. The Executive Producer for WQXR Podcasts is Elizabeth Nonemaker. Our research team includes Ariel Elizabeth Davis, Pranathi Diwakar, Ian George, and Jasmine Ogiste. Sound design and engineering by Sapir Rosenblatt Original music composed by Jeromy Thomas and Ashley Jackson. 

A transcript of this episode is available on our website: everyvoicepodcast.org

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Abduction from the Seraglio: Revelations

Abduction from the Seraglio: Revelations

Sir Willard White, Peter Sellars, Jennifer Welch Babbidge, Chauncey Packer, Limmie Pulliam, Sylvia McNair, Sharon Willis, Terrance McKnight