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Fidelio, Beethoven: PRISONER


Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Librettist: Josef Sonnleithner
Venue and Dates: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London.
21, 24, 27 November, 1, 10 December 1990
Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi
Director: Adolf Dresen
Designer: Margit Bardy
Marcelline: Marie McLaughlin
Jaquino: Neill Archer
Rocco: Robert Lloyd
Leonore: Gabriela Benackova
First Prisoner: Simon Keenlyside
Second Prisoner: Mark Beesley
Don Pizarro: Monte Pederson
Florestan: Jan Blinkhof
Don Fernando: Hans Tschammer
Notes: New Production

Beethoven’s only opera celebrates the triumph of love and freedom over the forces of evil and oppression. Throughout Fidelio imprisonment and tyranny are contrasted with justice and liberty, reflected most movingly in the Prisoners’ Chorus. Ethical force combines with the musical strength and nobility of Beethoven’s score to give Fidelio its unique appeal. In this opera Beethoven also created one of the greatest roles in the operatic repertory, the loyal, selfless and heroic Leonore.

This new production by Adolf Dresen, designed by Margit Bardy, takes a traditionalist approach to the opera. Christoph von Dohnányi conducts his first Royal Opera House Fidelio. Gabriela Benackova and Jan Blinkhof sing Leonore and Florestan respectively for the first time at Covent Garden and Marie McLaughlin returns as Marcelline.

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