Prom 9 repeat: Beethoven - Fidelio
Juanjo Mena conducts Beethoven's opera 'Fidelio' at the 2017 Proms, with a cast led by Stuart Skelton and Ricarda Merbeth.
Afternoon on 3 with Verity Sharp
Another chance to hear Juanjo Mena conduct Beethoven's opera 'Fidelio' with a cast led by Stuart Skelton and Ricarda Merbeth.
Presented by Donald Macleod at the Royal Albert Hall, London
Stuart Skelton, tenor (Florestan)
Ricarda Merbeth, soprano (Leonore)
James Cresswell, 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)
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.
[First broadcast on Friday 21st August]
Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.