21 Jul 2017, Royal Albert Hall
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Proms 2017 Prom 9: Beethoven – Fidelio

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Prom 9: Beethoven – Fidelio
19:30 Fri 21 Jul 2017 Royal Albert Hall
Beethoven’s only opera is a passionate musical protest against political oppression that premiered in the wake of the French Revolution. Stuart Skelton stars as the imprisoned Florestan, with soprano Ricarda Merbeth as Leonore. Juanjo Mena conducts.
Beethoven’s only opera is a passionate musical protest against political oppression that premiered in the wake of the French Revolution. Stuart Skelton stars as the imprisoned Florestan, with soprano Ricarda Merbeth as Leonore. Juanjo Mena conducts.

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The first of three politically charged stage works this season is Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio – a passionate musical protest against political oppression, first performed in the wake of the French Revolution. At its heart is the stirring ‘Prisoners’ Chorus’, a poignant hymn to freedom and the power of the human spirit.

Australian tenor Stuart Skelton stars as the imprisoned Florestan, with soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his faithful and resourceful wife Leonore. Louise Alder, winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, sings the role of Marzelline, the jailer’s daughter.

Please note that James Creswell replaces Brindley Sherratt in the role of Rocco for this performance.

Image: Ricarda Merbeth © Mirko Joerg Kellner

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