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opera Beethoven's Fidelio Jürgen Flimm (stage director), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) — With Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Günther Groissböck (Don Fernando), Alfred Muff (Don Pizarro) ...

Jürgen Flimm (stage director), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) — With Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Günther Groissböck (Don Fernando), Alfred Muff (Don Pizarro) ...

Beethoven's Fidelio Jürgen Flimm (stage director), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor) — With Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Camilla Nylund (Leonore), Günther Groissböck (Don Fernando), Alfred Muff (Don Pizarro) ...

About

This stellar production of Beethoven's Fidelio—the sole opera by the universally beloved composer born 250 years ago—stands out from the pack. First, it features a young Jonas Kaufmann in 2004, near the beginning of his meteoric rise to superstardom thanks to the qualities already on full display here: a dark and stentorian tenor voice, remarkable acting capacities, and a seemingly effortless expressiveness that make him a perfect fit for the iconic roles he would go on to embody, not least of which is Florestan.

But even the greatest soloist cannot make an opera work on his own—and the unique alchemy here between Jürgen Flimm's minimalist staging and Nikolaus Harnoncourt's expert musical approach focuses the drama's power on the ineffable power of love, rather than just on philosophy or politics. Fidelio tells the story of Leonora (soprano Camilla Nylund, in one of the roles that launched her to international success like Kaufmann), who disguises herself as a man (Fidelio, "faithful one”), to rescue her husband (Florestan), unjustly imprisoned by his enemy Pizarro (here, a powerful Alfred Muff) and guarded by the warden Rocco (a worthy László Pólgár). Fittingly, the original title of the opera was Leonore, or The Triumph of Marital Love...

Cast

  • Jürgen Flimm | Stage director
  • Rolf Glittenberg | Set designer
  • Marianne Glittenberg | Costumes
  • Jakob Schlossstein | Lighting
  • Camilla Nylund | Leonore
  • Jonas Kaufmann | Florestan
  • Alfred Muff | Don Pizarro
  • László Pólgár | Rocco
  • Elizabeth Rae Magnuson | Marzelline
  • Christoph Strehl | Jaquino
  • Günther Groissböck | Don Fernando
  • Bogusław Bidziński | First Prisoner
  • Gabriel Bermúdez | Second Prisoner
  • Zurich Opera Chorus
  • Ernst Raffelsberger | Chorus Master

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 .."
    • I: "Leb wohl, du warmes Sonnenlicht"
    • II : "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! - In des Lebens Frühlingstagen"
    • 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 "Heil sei dem Tag"

Details

  • Directed by:
    • Felix Breisach
  • Venue: Zürich Opera House (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2004
  • Duration: 2 h 07 min
  • Production: © Bel Air Media / Opernhaus Zürich / SF DRS 3 sat / Mezzo / TV10 Angers
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