A while ago we saw Magic Flute at the LA Opera and it was out of this world. When we saw that LA Opera was doing another Mozart that was set in the roaring twenties, we thought it would be just as fun as Magic Flute. We were wrong about Abduction from the Seraglio.
The show was definitely entertaining and hilarious, but was just not at the level Magic Flute was. This might be because the plot felt ridiculous (escaping from a train with a ladder made from sheets), the score was not as complex (Abduction is an earlier Mozart piece), or because the show was a little too long.
Don’t get me wrong, I thought there were some truly hilarious moments, and Soo Young Kim is becoming a star for Angelenos, like Ana Maria Martinez before her.
At the Ford Amphitheater, they did Seraglio but adapted it to have characters from Star Trek. That to me might have been more interesting, but would most likely not have read well with the LA Opera subscribers.
Abduction was a fun night out, but not up to par with most LA Opera shows we have seen.