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Fidelio

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OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
2017 November 26 19:30, November 30 19:00, December 03 19:30, December 08 19:00, December 13 19:30
Performers
Zurich Opera
Simone YoungConductor
Andreas HomokiDirector
Henrik AhrSet Designer
Barbara DrosihnCostume Designer
Elza van den HeeverSopranoLeonore
Klaus Florian VogtTenorFlorestan
Martin GantnerBaritoneDon Pizarro
Oliver WidmerBaritoneDon Fernando
Christof FischesserBassRocco
Mélissa PetitSopranoMarzelline
Spencer LangTenorJaquino
Jonathan AbernethyTenorFirst prisoner
Philharmonia Zürich
Zurich Opera Chorus

They were last to be seen as Elsa and Lohengrin on the stage of Zurich Opera House, and will now return to Zurich as Leonore and Florestan: South African soprano Elza van den Heever and German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt. At the centre of Andreas Homoki’s compelling Fidelio production is the strong and courageous Leonore, who insinuates herself into a state prison disguised as a man by the name of Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan. Beethoven’s only opera was written over a ten-year period as a work in progress. It combines Singspiel elements with those of dramatic opera, and ends with a piece of music that not only lends prodigious expression to the idea of liberation, but also already anticipates the Ninth Symphony’s Ode to Joy. Andreas Homoki has removed the plot from its petit bourgeois, light opera context, telling the story in an abstract prison space and thus focusing on the utopian idea of universal brotherhood and global humanity that is at the core of Beethoven’s work. Simone Young, who has already conducted the Philharmonia Zurich in Wagner’s Lohengrin, will be at the rostrum for this revival.

Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan), Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Christof Fischesser (Rocco) © Toni Suter (2013)
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