Ludwig Van Beethoven


Beethoven’s only opera is a powerful musical manifesto for liberty and justice.

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Falsely imprisoned 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.

This new production by Frederic Wake-Walker, specially commissioned in Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, is a collaboration with writer Zoë Palmer, video designer Jacqueline Sobiszewski, set and costume designer Anna Jones and Glyndebourne’s music director Robin Ticciati.

A new production for Festival 2020. Sung in German with English supertitles.



Our highly collectable Festival Programme book features a host of in-depth articles about Fidelio including:

  • Full biographies of the cast and creative team
  • Hope shines brighter in the darkness – director’s note by Frederic Wake-Walker
  • Symphonist in the opera house – making the case for a misunderstood masterpiece
  • The sound of liberty – what does freedom sound like?
  • An opera apart – what it is that gives Fidelio its unique place in the repertory?

Each year the Programme Book features exclusive cover art by a leading contemporary artist. Past contributors have included David Hockney, Grayson Perry and Eileen Cooper. The Programme Book costs £20 and can be ordered online or bought on-site at the shop and box office.

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Creative team

Robin Ticciati

Frederic Wake-Walker

Anna Jones

Lighting Designer
Peter Mumford

Projection Design
Adam Young, FRAY Studio

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Master Aidan Oliver

Cast includes

Emma Bell

David Butt Philip

Gianluca Buratto

Christina Gansch

Thomas Atkins

Don Pizarro
Michael Kupfer-Radecky

Don Fernando
Willard White


Supported by
André and Rosalie Hoffmann
with François Freyeisen and Shunichi Kubo
and a syndicate of individuals

If you are interested in supporting a future production please contact or learn more here

Image credits
Main image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop

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