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Beethoven’s Fidelio: the Royal Opera

Antonio Pappano introduces a new production of Beethoven's only opera, a story of risk and triumph against a backdrop of revolution, starring Lise Davidsen and David Butt Philip.

Antonio Pappano introduces a new production of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, from the Royal Opera House, a story of risk and triumph against a backdrop of revolution.

David Butt Philip plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as Fidelio) who daringly sets out to save him from certain death. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution and the conflicts of the modern age to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of a common humanity.

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2 hours, 14 minutes

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Sun 26 Jul 2020 21:05

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:00

    BBC Concert Orchestra And The BBC Symphony Chorus

    Fidelio Overture

  • 00:08

    George Szell, The Cleveland Orchestra

    Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture

  • 00:11

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Overture Fidelio

  • 00:54

    Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Kurt Moll, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Original Version - Act 1 - "Jetzt, Alter, Jetzt Hat Es Eile!"

  • 00:58

    Jessye Norman, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Original Version - Act 1 - "Abscheulicher! Wo Eilst Du Hin?"

  • 01:00

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fidelio, Op 72, Act I: No 9 Abscheulicher! Wo Eilst Du Hin?

  • 01:04

    Robert Johnson, Philip Kraus, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sir Georg Solti

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 / Act 1 - "O Welche Lust, In Freier Luft Den Atem Leicht Zu Heben!"

  • 01:07

    Dresden State Opera Chorus, Chor Der Staatsoper Dresden, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Original Version - Act 1 - "O Welche Lust, In Freier Luft Den Atem Leicht Zu He- Ben!

  • 01:14

    Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, Pamela Coburn, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Original Version - Act 1 - "Nun Sprecht, Wie Ging's?"

  • 01:35

    Watain

    Waters of Ain

  • 01:55

    Jessye Norman, Reiner Goldberg, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Original Version - Act 2 - "O Namenlose Freude"

  • 02:07

    Dresden State Opera Chorus, Chor Der Staatsoper Dresden, Kurt Moll, Ekkehard Wlaschiha, Jessye Norman, Pamela Coburn, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Staatskapelle Dresden, Bernard Haitink

    Beethoven: Fidelio Op.72 - Original Version - Act 2 - "Heil Sei Dem Tag"

Credits

Role Contributor
Leonore/Fidelio Lise Davidsen
Florestan David Butt Philip
Jaquino Robin Tritschler
Marzelline Amanda Forsythe
Rocco Georg Zeppenfeld
Don Pizarro Simon Neal
First prisoner Filipe Manu
Second prisoner Timothy Dawkins
Don Fernando Egils Silins
Conductor Antonio Pappano
Executive Producer Tony Followell
Producer Peter Jones
Director Rhodri Huw

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