Ludwig van Beethoven

Fidelio

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

25 July – 29 August 2020
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Public booking opens online on Sunday 8 March 2020 at 6.00pm

Description

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.

In Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year, Frederic Wake-Walker directs a striking new production conducted by Glyndebourne’s Music Director Robin Ticciati.

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

Creative team

Conductor
Robin Ticciati

Director
Frederic Wake-Walker

Designer
Anna Jones

Lighting & Projection Designer
Jacqueline Sobisowski

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

The Glyndebourne Chorus
Chorus Master Aidan Oliver

Cast includes

Leonore
Emma Bell

Florestan
David Butt Philip

Rocco
Gianluca Buratto

Marzelline
Christina Gansch

Jaquino
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 development@glyndebourne.com or learn more here

Image credits
Main image: Painted collage by Shadric Toop

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