Filmed during the 60th Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in 2008, this modernist version of Mozart's incomplete early opera Zaïde (begun in early 1779) was directed by the always-intriguing Peter Sellars.
"This Turkish-prison story gets a gritty, contemporary feel, meant to remind us of the millions of people still enslaved physically or psychologically around the world. The update includes overture and scene-change music … borrowed from Thamos, King of the Egyptians, as well as an improvisation on the oud and a folk chorus (the Ibn Zaïdoun singers). The music is gorgeously performed under Louis Langrée and the cast is good.... A fascinating staging."—Toronto Star