FIDELIO (Opera) – Royal Opera House 2019-20

 

Live: Tuesday 17 March 2020, 19:15 UK time
Encore: Sunday 22 March 2020, 14:00 UK time
DCP Window: 7 April – 6 May
Run Time: about 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval
Sung in German

Music: Beethoven
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Cast includes: Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen

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, determinedlove 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.

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