Ludwig van Beethoven


Frederic Wake-Walker directs a striking new production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio.

When her husband is unjustly imprisoned and sentenced to death, Leonore must risk it all to rescue him.

Fidelio celebrates the power of love, courage and fidelity in music of heart-soaring beauty. 

Held prisoner by the despotic Don Pizarro, Florestan faces a slow and inevitable death. Determined to save him, his wife Leonore devises a daring plan – one that puts not only Florestan but herself in gravest danger. Truth and goodness confront corruption and cruelty in an opera that reveals both the heights and the ugly depths of human nature.

Fidelio, with its stirring Prisoners’ Chorus, is a musical shout of fury and an impassioned cry of hope – still as powerful a political statement as it was during the French occupation of Beethoven’s Austria. It’s also a love story, celebrating not the thrill of first love, but the enduring, quiet devotion of marriage in music of transcendent beauty. Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece of moral courage, humanity and musical invention.

Frederic Wake-Walker directs a striking new production.

There will be a performance for schools of Fidelio. More information will be available soon.

Creative team

Ben Glassberg

Frederic Wake-Walker

Anna Jones

Lighting Designer
Peter Mumford

Glyndebourne Tour Orchestra

The Glyndebourne Chorus

The new spoken text was conceived by Frederic Wake-Walker and written in collaboration with Peter Cant and Gertrude Thoma. Leonore’s poem was written specially for this production by Zoe Palmer.

Cast includes

Dorothea Herbert

Adam Smith

Callum Thorpe

Carrie-Ann Williams

Gavan Ring

Don Pizarro
Dingle Yandell

Don Fernando
Jonathan Lemalu

Gertrude Thoma

Supported by
André and Rosalie Hoffmann with a Syndicate and Circle of individuals

If you would like to discuss support, we would love to hear from you.

JOIN The Fidelio CIRCLE (FROM £5000+)

Deepen your involvement and gain an insider’s view of the creative process through exclusive events.

Find out more here or contact our Development Manager, Tanya Richardson at or call 01273 815419

 Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, all of these details are subject to change.

Main image: Underworld (An Escape) © Tom Hammick. All rights reserved, DACS 2021

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