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Fidelio – Beethoven

Bernard Haitink, Katharina Thalbach – Krešimir Stražanac (Don Fernando) Lucio Gallo (Don Pizarro) – Opernhaus Zürich

Fidelio – Beethoven Bernard Haitink, Katharina Thalbach – Krešimir Stražanac (Don Fernando) Lucio Gallo (Don Pizarro) – Opernhaus Zürich

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Opera written by Ludwig van Beethoven on a libretto by Joseph Ferdinand von Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke.



The story

In a political prison governed by the despotic Don Pizarro, Rocco is the jailer. Rocco's daughter, Marzelline, is very dismissive of Jacquino, the governor's young assistant, following the arrival of a new young prison officer, Fidelio, with whom she has fallen in love. Rocco approves of his daughter's choice. Nobody has the slightest idea that beneath his uniform, the capable and industrious Fidelio is actually Leonore, a woman who has taken on the role, with all its hardships, in order to find and free her husband, Florestan, whom Pizarro has thrown into prison. When Pizarro learns that the minister, Don Fernando, is on his way to inspect the prison, he decides to remove Florestan once and for all. He orders Rocco to dig a grave in Florestan's dungeon. Leonore persuades Rocco to take her into this secret dungeon, where she suspects her husband is being held. The other prisoners are let out briefly into the prison yard. Their hope of rescue, justice and freedom is the only light in their gloomy existence.

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Program

  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Fidelio, Op. 72
    • Overture
    • I: "Jetzt, Schätzchen, jetzt sind wir allein"
    • I: "O wär ich schon mit dir vereint"
    • I: "Mir ist so wunderbar"
    • I: "Hat man nicht auch Gold beineben"
    • I: "Gut Söhnchen, gut"
    • I: Marsch
    • I: "Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!"
    • I: "Jetzt, Alter, jetzt hat es Eile!"
    • I: "Abscheulicher! Wo eilst du hin?"
    • I: "O welche Lust, in freier Luft den Atem leicht zu heben!"
    • I: "Nun sprecht, wie ... "-"Ach Vater, eilt"-"Verwegner .."
    • II: "Wie kalt ist es in diesem unterirdischen Gewölbe" - "Nur hurtig fort, nur frisch gegraben"
    • II: "Euch werde Lohn in bessern Welten"
    • II: "Er sterbe! Doch er soll erst wissen» - «Vater Rocco! Der Herr Minister ist angekommen" - "Es schlägt der Rache Stunde"
    • II: "O namenlose Freude"
    • II: Ouvertüre "Leonore III" op. 72a
    • II "Heil sei dem Tag"

Details

  • Directed by: Felix Breisach
  • Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2009
  • Duration: 2 h 27 min
  • Production: © Felix Breisach Medienwerkstatt Production / Zurich Opera House
  • Available version(s): EN
  • Available subtitle(s) : FR, EN, ES, DE

Casting

  • Katharina Thalbach | Stage director
  • Ezio Toffolutti | Set designer
  • Hans-Rudolf Kunz | Lighting
  • Ernst Raffelsberger | Chorus master
  • Zurich Opera House Orchestra
  • Zurich Opera Chorus
  • Zurich Opera Supplementary Chorus
  • Zurich Opera Youth Chorus
  • Zurich Opera Extras Association
  • Bernard Haitink | Music director
  • Krešimir Stražanac | Don Fernando
  • Lucio Gallo | Don Pizarro
  • Roberto Sacca | Florestan
  • Melanie Diener | Leonore
  • Alfred Muff | Rocco
  • Sandra Trattnigg | Marzelline
  • Christoph Strehl | Jaquino
  • Bogusław Bidziński | First prisoner
  • Morgan Moody | Second prisoner

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