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Prom 9: Beethoven - Fidelio

Live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, Donald Macleod presents a Proms performance of Beethoven's opera Fidelio, with Juanjo Mena conducting the BBC Philharmonic.

Live from the Royal Albert Hall: Juanjo Mena conducts Beethoven's opera 'Fidelio' with a cast led by Stuart Skelton and Ricarda Merbeth.

Presented by Donald Macleod

Beethoven: Fidelio
Act I

8.40 INTERVAL - Proms Extra
Presenter Ian Skelly chairs an introduction to Beethoven's 'Fidelio' with guests, the academic and 19th-century opera expert Flora Willson and critic and broadcaster Fiona Maddocks.

Act II

Stuart Skelton, tenor (Florestan)
Ricarda Merbeth, soprano (Leonore)
Brindley Sherratt, bass (Rocco)
Louise Alder, soprano (Marzelline)
Benjamin Hulett, tenor (Jaquino)
Detlef Roth, bass-baritone (Don Pizarro)
David Soar, bass (Don Fernando)
Andrew Masterson, tenor (First Prisoner)
Tomothy Bagley, bass-baritone (Second Prisoner)

Orfeón Donostiarra
BBC Philharmonic
Juanjo Mena (conductor)

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 Vienna in the wake of the French Revolution to an audience mostly consisting of Napoleon's troops. At its heart is the stirring "Prisoners' Chorus", a poignant hymn to freedom and the power of the human spirit. The BBC Philharmonic brings its highly acclaimed performance to the Proms with a cast starring Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as the imprisoned Florestan, and soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his faithful and resourceful wife Leonore.

2 hours, 45 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Ludwig van Beethoven


    Performer: Stuart Skelton. Performer: Ricarda Merbeth. Performer: James Creswell. Performer: Louise Alder. Performer: Benjamin Hulett. Performer: Detlef Roth. Choir: Orfeón Donostiarra. Performer: David Soar. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Juanjo Mena.
  • Part 1

    Duration: 01:15:33

  • Interval

    Proms Extra: Beethoven Fidelio

    Duration: 19:10

  • Part 2

    Duration: 53:54


    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Sonata No. 7 in C Minor for Fortepiano and Violin - II. Adagio cantabile

      Performer: Ian Watson. Performer: Susanna Ogata.
    • John Dowland

      M. Thomas Collier his Galiard

      Performer: Michael Chance. Performer: Christopher Wilson.
    • John Dowland

      M. Henry Noell his Galiard

      Performer: Michael Chance. Performer: Christopher Wilson.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Philharmonic


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