One-third documentary and two-thirds filmed opera, this fascinating film revolves around a staging of Mozart's first popular success, Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail. The film breaks up the musical sequences with footage of rehearsals and comments by the opera director Elijah Moshinsky who provides fascinating historical and musical insights.
The Turkish setting is breathtaking, and the film certainly offers a unique opportunity for Mozart devotees to see one of his finest works brought to life.
The production, performed in the Harem of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, features exquisite set design and an acclaimed cast. More than just a performance film, Mozart in Turkey also studies the history of European composers' fascination with Turkish culture and some illuminating biographical information about Mozart's life during the composition of The Abduction, his most popular opera during his lifetime.