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ROH Encore: Fidelio (2020) [12A]

Runtime: 150 mins

Distributor: Royal Opera House, London

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity. Music: Ludwig van Beethoven Libretto: Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke Conductor: Antonio Pappano Director: Tobias Kratzer Set and costume designer: Rainer Sellmaier Lighting designer: Michael Bauer Video designer: Manuel Braun Dramaturg: Bettina Bartz Leonore (Fidelio): Lise Davidsen Florestan: Jonas Kaufmann Rocco: Georg Zeppenfeld Don Pizarro: Simon Neal Marzelline: Amanda Forsythe Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

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