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Featured Artists in 'The Abduction from the Seraglio'

From the Salzburg Festival

Soprano Laura Aikin

Soprano Laura Aikin plays Konstanze, stranded inside a Turkish harem in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio from the Salzburg Festival. Photo: Gerhard Amsellem hide caption

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Complete Cast of the Opera

Laura Aikin ........ Konstanze

Charles Castronovo ..... Belmonte

Valentina Farcas ........ Blonde

Dietmar Kerschbaum ....... Pedrillo

Franz Hawlata ..... Osmin

Ivor Bolton ...... conducts

the Mozarteum Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus.

Tenor Charles Castronovo

Tenor Charles Castronovo, sings the role of Belmonte in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio. Photo: Karl Forster hide caption

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Ivor Bolton

Ivor Bolton is the Chief Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. Photo: Euan Myles hide caption

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Soprano Laura Aikin sings the role of Konstanze and tenor Charles Castronovo is her sweetheart Belmonte in Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio from the 2006 Salzburg Festival.

Laura Aikin

Soprano, Constanze

American Soprano Laura Aikin's generous vocal range of three octaves provides her with a wide body of repertoire to sing. Comfortable in operas from the Baroque to the contemporary, she has sung across Europe and America, beginning her career as a member of the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin.

She's appeared at the Vienna State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Bavarian State Opera, and at the Bastille in Paris.

In the United States she's sung major roles at the Metropolitan Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera. She's also made debuts with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle and with both the Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

Charles Castronovo

Tenor, Belmonte

Charles Castronovo is recognized internationally as an important lyric tenor and has appeared with many of the world's leading opera companies, including the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Los Angeles Opera and San Francisco Opera.

In August of 2006 Castronovo made his debut at the Salzburg Festival as Belmonte in The Abduction from the Seraglio. He subsequently returned to the Berlin State Opera for Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, and to the Opera National in Paris as Nemorino in Donizetti's The Elixir of Love. In the summer of 2007 he returns to San Francisco in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Other roles in his developing repertoire include Romeo in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Des Grieux in Massenet's Manon and Edgardo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Castronovo resides in Berlin and California with his wife, the celebrated Russian soprano, Ekaterina Siurina.

Ivor Bolton


Ivor Bolton is one of Britain's most active and versatile conductors, in repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary. He was educated at Cambridge University, the Royal College of Music, and the National Opera Studio in London.

Since his debut in 1994 Ivor Bolton has conducted in many of the U.K.'s acclaimed opera venues such as the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Glyndebourne, English National Opera, and Welsh National Opera. Elsewhere in Europe he has appeared regularly at the Bavarian State Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence and in other major houses including Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels, Geneva, Dresden and Leipzig. Operatic engagements outside Europe have included San Francisco, Sydney, and Buenos Aires.

Bolton made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2000 with Gluck's Iphigenie en Tauride. He returned to Salzburg in 2003 for a new production of The Abduction from the Seraglio and in the Mozart year of 2006 he conducted three productions during the Festival. In September 2004 he became Chief Conductor of the Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg.



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