THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO
In a fine palace, the young woman Konstanze and her servants Blonde and Pedrillo have been captured by the powerful Bassa Selim. The three were taken prisoner by pirates and sold to Selim, who now woos Konstanze. Selim has given Blonde as a slave to his harem overseer Osmin, who finds out that it is not so easy to bend a freedom-living woman to his will. While Konstanze and Blonde are each busy rejecting the overtures of their increasingly frustrated captors, Pedrillo discovers that Konstanze’s betrothed, the nobleman Belmonte, has come to liberate all of them. Pedrillo smuggles Belmonte into the palace, and their joint plan of escape is about to succeed when they are discovered and delivered to the mercy of Selim. The set-up is modern and the story time-less.