Selim, Pasha

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1 (Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail). Spoken role. Owner of the palace in which Constanze and Blondchen are held captive. An apparently severe man, he shows his softer side by allowing both ladies to depart with their lovers, much to the annoyance of Osmin, keeper of the Pasha's harem, who would like Blondchen for himself. Created (1782) by Dominik Jautz.

2 (Rossini: Il Turco in Italia). Bass. A Turk who was engaged to his slave, Zaida. He is attracted by Fiorilla, wife of Geronio, but as he is about to sail away with her he sees Zaida and now has to choose between the two women. After much confusion and hilarity caused by everyone dressing up in each other's clothes, he settles for the faithful Zaida. Created (1814) by Filippo Galli.

Subjects: Opera.

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