Royal Opera House Live: Fidelio
Beethoven's only opera gets a makeover with Antonio Pappano conducting and starring Lise Davidsen and Jonas Kaufmann.
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FIDELIO (NEW PRODUCTION)Sung in German with English subtitlesApproximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutesMusic Ludwig van BeethovenLibretto Joseph Sonnleithner,Stephan von Breuning andGeorge Friedrich TreitschkeConductor Antonio PappanoDirector Tobias KratzerSet and costume designerRainer SellmaierLighting designer Michael BauerVideo designer Manuel BraunLeonore (Fidelio) Lise DavidsenFlorestan Jonas KaufmannRocco Georg ZeppenfeldDon Pizarro Simon NealMarzelline Amanda ForsytheDramaturg Bettina BartzRoyal Opera ChorusOrchestra of the Royal Opera HouseBeethovens 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 Florestans impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzers new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary Terror and our own time to illuminate Fidelios inspiring message of shared humanity.
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