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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

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


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