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Work: Fidelio

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ComposerBeethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
PeriodRomantic
Year1814
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MunichFidelio

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Stefan Soltesz; Calixto Bieito; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Edwin Crossley-Mercer; Michael Kupfer-Radecky

MontrealFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Michael Schade; Alan Held; Luca Pisaroni; Raymond Aceto

LondonFidelio: The Opera

Fidelio: The Opera
Beethoven: Fidelio
Raffaello Morales; Andrew Coppin; Fidelio Opera Company; Mark Bonney; Thomas Humphreys

ZürichFidelio

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Markus Poschner; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Andreas Schager; Oliver Widmer

PittsburghBeethoven's “Fidelio”

Beethoven: Fidelio
Manfred Honeck; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
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A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Realism elbows aside romanticism in this dark departure from a star-studded tradition.
****1
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No protests required: Deborah Warner's Fidelio returns to La Scala

Stuart Skelton (Florestan) and Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Chung's mastery of orchestral colour and texture came into its own, the brooding introduction to Act 2 making for a harrowingly apocalyptic representation of tyranny.
****1
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
****1
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A colourless Fidelio in Zurich

Brandon Jovanovich (Florestan), Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Christof Fischesser (Rocco) © Toni Suter (2013)
Celebrating a courageous woman who is able to secure the release of her husband from prison, Beethoven’s sole opera Fidelio has music that is more compelling that its plot.
***11
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Prom 9: Refined beauty in Beethoven's Fidelio

Ricarda Merbeth and Stuart Skelton © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Skelton's Florestan provides the power in a refined, elegant performance that brings out the beauty in Beethoven's score.
***11
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