Cooper Memorial Library

The Friends of the Cooper Memorial Library will host a showing of W. A. Mozart’s sparkling opera buffa Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) on Monday, June 24, at 1:45 pm in room 108 B.

Die Entführung aus dem Serail is an opera Singspiel in three acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The German libretto is by Gottlieb Stephanie, based on Christoph Friedrich Bretzner’s Belmont und Constanze, oder Die Entführung aus dem Serail. The plot concerns the attempt of the hero Belmonte, assisted by his servant Pedrillo, to rescue his beloved Konstanze from the seraglio of Pasha Selim. The work premiered on 16 July 1782 at the Vienna Burgtheater, with the composer conducting. 

This is a free program with English subtitles and light refreshments will be provided during the intermission for our guests. For more information about Opera @ the Library programs and our other special events, please visit our web presence at or contact Dennis Smolarek at 352-536-2275 x2623 and email at