Belmonte, a Spaniard, is on a mission to free his lover, Konstanze who has been taken prisoner in the seraglio of the Turkish pasha Selim. Will she be freed? And from whom? Performances of this work have often dwelled on its somewhat contrived orientalism, piling one politically incorrect caricature on top of another. Is The Abduction nothing more than an exercise in poking fun at the Ottoman Turk at the gates of Vienna or at the Viennese dandy serenading his lady love? We could also see the piece with a contemporary critical eye, one that is immersed in a world radically different from that of Mozart, as a tale of desire, separation and reunion. Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan lends her pen to Belgian theatre director Luk Perceval’s concept, as they open the doors of the seraglio for some Turkish delight with a contemporary bittersweet twist, far from all the usual clichés, giving a voice to one of the main figures of resistance to the arbitrary powers of the incumbent president of Turkey. Fabio Biondi, the wizard of informed historical performance with his ensemble Europa Galante, conducts the Orchestre de la Suisse Romance in this unveiled critique of autocracy and abuses of power of every kind.