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Saturday, September 9, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Beethoven: Fidelio, September 9, 2017

  

Fidelio is Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera. The German libretto was originally prepared by Joseph Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly, with the work premiering at Vienna's Theater an der Wien on November 20, 1805.

The libretto, with some spoken dialogue, tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Bouilly's scenario fits Beethoven's aesthetic and political outlook: a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph. With its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe, such topics are typical of Beethoven's "middle period". Notable moments in the opera include the "Prisoners' Chorus" (O welche Lust—"O what a joy"), an ode to freedom sung by a chorus of political prisoners, Florestan's vision of Leonore come as an angel to rescue him, and the scene in which the rescue finally takes place.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:14pm
Beethoven: Fidelio, Op. 72 BUY Vienna State Opera; Karl Bohm, conductor
10:00pm
10:50pm
Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro BUY from Simply the Best Night at the Opera; composed by Giacomo Puccini
10:53pm
Offenbach: Les Conte d'Hoffmann: Messiers, Silence! BUY from Simply the Best Night at the Opera; composed by Offenbach
10:56pm
Roberto Alagna: L'Elisir diAmore: Una fortiva lagrima BUY from Simply the Best Night at the Opera; composed by Roberto Alagna
11:00pm
11:01pm
Bizet: Carmen: Je Dis que rien ne m'epouvant BUY from Simply the Best Night at the Opera; composed by Bizet
11:06pm
Bizet: Les pecheurs de perles: Au fond du temple saint BUY from Simply the Best Night at the Opera; composed by Bizet
11:13pm
Lehar: Yours is my Heart Alone from "The Land of Smiles" BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Lehar
11:17pm
Romberg: Someday from "The Vagabond King" BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Romberg
11:20pm
Romberg: One Alone from "The Desert Song" BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Romberg
11:23pm
Romberg: Will you Remember from "Maytime" BUY from Anna Moffo - The Complete RCA Recital Albums; composed by Romberg
11:37pm
Wagner: Hans Hopf sings Meistersinger Live 1951 from Hans Hopf sings Meistersinger 1951; composed by Wagner
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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