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Saturday, January 11, 2014 Permalink

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.

Playlist

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

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