The Abduction from the Seraglio
, Mozart’s 1782 three-act comedy. “It’s one of the dream roles,” says Shagimuratova, an HGO Studio alumna who is now in demand all over the globe and admits to being very picky with the productions she accepts anymore. Abduction
is the story of a woman captured by pirates and awaiting rescue by her fiancé. In this version, resettled in the Orient Express railcars of the 1920s, Shagimuratova is the Spanish noblewoman who is being held by Pasha Selim (Christopher Purves) while her lover Belmonte (Lawrence Brownlee) makes his way to her. She is accompanied in her captivity by her English servant Blonde (Uliana Alexyuk) and her husband’s servant Pedrillo (Chris Bozeka). The costumes and wigs (complete with spit curls for the women) are chic and wonderful, Shagimuratova says; in a highly unusual move in opera, “We’re smoking [vaping] onstage.”
7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturday and Wednesday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Through May 12. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org
. Sung in German with English projections. $15 to $325.
In the second act, she does two back-to-back arias, singing for 17 nonstop minutes. But Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova is nothing but happy about her return to the Houston Grand Opera as Konstanze in