Konstanze Acting Out in Mozart's 'Die Entführung aus dem Serail'.
Abstract: This thesis focuses on Konstanze in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem
Serail, tracing the development of her persona in Act II. It considers the different
factors that contributed to the formation of the character, including an exploration of
Christoph Friedrich Bretzner's original libretto, the alterations made by Mozart and his
librettist Gottlieb Stephanie the Younger, and the vocal... read moreabilities of Caterina Cavalieri,
who created the role. The most dramatic change in Act II was the insertion of the
show-stopping aria di bravura, "Martern aller Arten," right after Konstanze's lament aria.
Unusual for Mozart's operas, these back-to-back arias can be viewed as a type of gran
scena, which bestows on Konstanze an emotional complexity that does not exist with any
other Singspiel heroine. The thesis then concludes with a close reading of the 2004 Oper
Frankfurt production, directed by Christof Loy and featuring Diana Damrau as
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Music.
Advisor: Jane Bernstein.
Committee: Alessandra Campana, and Jessica Waldoff.
Keywords: Music, and Gender studies.read less