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At The Opera, Beethoven: Fidelio, January 11, 2014


Fidelio (Op. 72) is a German opera with spoken dialogue in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is his only opera. The German libretto is by Joseph Sonnleithner. The opera tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison.

As elsewhere in Beethoven's vocal music, the music is not especially kind to the singers. The principal parts of Leonore and Florestan, in particular, require great vocal skill and endurance in order to project the necessary intensity, and top performances in these roles attract admiration. This 1952 recording stars Christa Ludwig and Jon Vickers. Otto Klemperer conducts.

 
Saturday, January 11, 2014

Play List

8:00p
8:00p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
8:09p
Beethoven: Fidelio ; Otto Klemperer, conductor; Label: EMI FindBUY
10:00p
10:32p
Giuseppe Verdi: Luisa Miller: Oh! Fede Negar Potessi/Quando Le Sere Al Placido - New Philharmonia; Nello Santi, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Philips/Special Imports (Ger) FindBUY
10:37p
Giuseppe Verdi: Ernani: Merce, Diletti Amici/Come Rugiada - New Philharmonia; Nello Santi, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Philips/Special Imports (Ger) FindBUY
10:41p
Giuseppe Verdi: Macbeth: O Figli, Filgi Miei!/Ah, La Paterna Mano - New Philharmonia; Nello Santi, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Philips/Special Imports (Ger) FindBUY
10:44p
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra: O Inferno!/Sento Avvampar Nell'anima ; Label: Philips/Special Imports (Ger) FindBUY
10:49p
Giuseppe Verdi: Aida: Se Quel Guerrier Io Fossi!/Celeste Aida - New Philharmonia; Nello Santi, conductor; Carlo Bergonzi; Label: Philips/Special Imports (Ger) FindBUY
10:56p
various: A Tebaldi Retrospective Feature - various; various, conductor; Renata Tebaldi; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:00p
11:33p
Rossini: La Cenerentola - nacqui All'Affanno E Al Pianto... Non Piu Mesta Accanto Al Fuoco ; Henry Lewis, conductor; Label: Decca FindBUY
11:41p
Franz Lehar: Der Zarewitsh: Napolitana Duet - na; na, conductor; Label: Pearl FindBUY
11:47p
Puccini: Manon Lescaut: Donna Non Vidi Mai - n/a; n/a, conductor; Enrico Caruso; Label: Nimbus Records FindBUY
11:50p
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo - Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY
11:57p
Giacomo Puccini: Edgar, opera: Prelude to Act III - Czecho-Slovack Radio Symphony Orchestra; Ondrej Lenard, conductor; Label: Naxos; Number: 8550240 FindBUY FindBUY

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