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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.
Sung in German with English subtitles
Screening live to the Skyroom. Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven; Libretto: Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke; Conductor: Antonio Pappano; Director: Tobias Kratzer