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At The Opera, Beethoven: Fidelio, April 13, 2019

  

Fidelio is an opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is Beethoven's only opera. The German libretto is by Joseph Sonnleithner based on a French story. The opera tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard called "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison.

Fidelio is an example of a “rescue opera”, a type of opera which was popular at the time. The hero (or heroine) has to fight against cruel people in order to rescue a lover. It was written at the time of the French Revolution. At this time, ideas about freedom and peace were being talked about by everyone, and this led to wars all over Europe. The famous Prisoners’ Chorus is a song for freedom, just like the last movement of his Ninth Symphony.

Cast:

Leonore – Christa Ludwig

Florestan – Jon Vickers

Rocco – Gottlob Frick

Don Pizarro – Walter Berry

Otto Klemperer – conductor

Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus

EMI - 1962

Playlist

8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:13 p.m.
Beethoven: Fidelio BUY ; Otto Klemperer, conductor
10:00 p.m.
10:51 p.m.
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice: Che faro senza Euridice BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Gluck
10:56 p.m.
Puccini: TOSCA: Vissi d'arte BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Puccini
10:59 p.m.
Puccini: Madama Bufferfly: Un bel di BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Puccini
11:00 p.m.
11:03 p.m.
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor: Ardon gl'incensi BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Donizetti
11:09 p.m.
Barber: VANESSA: To leave, To break BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Barber
11:13 p.m.
Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Rossini
11:18 p.m.
Verdi: Macbeth: La luce langue BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi
11:21 p.m.
Verdi: Macbeth: Ah, la paterna mano BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi
11:25 p.m.
Verdi: Macbeth: Pieta, rispetto, amore BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi
11:29 p.m.
Puccini: Turandot: In questa reggia BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Puccini
11:35 p.m.
Puccini: Turandot: Nessun dorma BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Puccini
11:49 p.m.
Verdi: Otello: Era la notte BUY from Voices of Living Stereo, Vol. 1; composed by Verdi


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