The Duped Judge by Christoph Willibald Gluck (2017)
One of the most significant pieces of the Viennese 'Türkenoper' or the opera 'alla turca'. It depicts comic scenes that result from the differences between Turkish and European culture.
The qadi decides to get a second wife and sets his sights on young and beautiful Zelmire. Neither Fatime, the qadi's first wife, nor Zelmire's lover Nuradin, are delighted to learn about these plans. They decide to trick the qadi to teach him a lesson, taking advantage of the Islamic tradition which dictates that the groom is not allowed to see his future wife without a veil before the wedding.
The Duped Judge - full performance
Photos by József Rosta