Starring: Lise Davidsen, Jonas Kaufmann, Georg Zeppenfeld, Simon Neal, Amanda Forsythe

Sung in German with English subtitles

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

Music
Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto
Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke
Conductor
Antonio Pappano
Director Tobias Kratzer
Set and costume designer
Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting designer
Michael Bauer
Video designer
Manuel Braun
Dramaturg
Bettina Bartz

Company
Leonore (Fidelio)
Lise Davidsen
Florestan
Jonas Kaufmann
Rocco
Georg Zeppenfeld
Don Pizarro
Simon Neal
Marzelline
Amanda Forsythe

Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes

Performance / Showing Times
Date
Time
Tuesday 17/03/2020
19:15.
Gwyn Hall Auditorium

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