Royal Opera House: Broadcast: Fidelio (12A) (Opera)
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Beethovens only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph.Music: Ludwig van BeethovenDirector: Tobias KratzerStarring: Lise Davidsen, Jonas Kaufmann, Georg Zeppenfeld, Simon Neal, Amanda ForsytheSet 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.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. (2hr 30min)
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