Fidelio originally titled Leonore, oder Der Triumph der ehelichen Liebe (Leonore, or The Triumph of Marital Love), Op. 72, is Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera. The German libretto was originally prepared by Joseph Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, with the work premiering at Vienna's Theater an der Wien on 20 November 1805. The following year, Stephan von Breuning helped shorten the work from three acts to two. After further work on the libretto by Georg Friedrich Treitschke, a final version was performed at the Kärntnertortheater on 23 May 1814. By convention, both of the first two versions are referred to as Leonore.
If not at the beginning of the opera, then surely with the well-known prisoner chorus “O welche Wonne!” everybody will recognise the outstanding quality of this Fidelio. Leonore’s “Töt erst sein Weib!”, sung by the soprano Anja Silja, is only one out of many deep emotional moments of this studio ...
The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard ...
Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven, from Theater St. Gallen, 2018. Directed by Ralph Netzer, conductor Otto Tausk, Michael Vogel (Choir). Starring Jacquelyn Wagner , Norbert Ernst , Pizarro Roman Trekel, Wojtek Gierlach , Tatjana Schneider , Riccardo Botta , Martin Summer, Marc Haag, Frank Uhlig,...
Fidelio by L. V. Beethoven, from Zurich Opera, 2004. Directed by Jürgen Flimm, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, starring Jonas Kaufmann, Alfred Muff, László Polgár, Christoph Strehl, Gabriel Bermúdez, Camillia Nylund, Elizabeth Rae Maguson and Boguslaw Bidzinski. Performed in German and subtitled ...
Fidelio by L.v. Beethoven from Opernhaus Zürich, performed at Opernhaus Zurich, 2008. Directed by Katharina Thalbach, conductor Bernard Haitink. Starring Melanie Diener (Leonore), Roberto Saccà (Florestan), Sandra Trattnigg (Marzelline), Alfred Muff (Rocco), Lucio Gallo (Don Pizarro), Zurich Oper...