Fidelio. Anja Kampe, Jonas Kaufmann, Steven Humes, Laura Tatulescu, Franz-Josef Selig, Jussi Myllys, Fidelio. Anja Kampe (Leonore) Fidelio. Jussi Myllys, Laura Tatulescu, Anja Kampe, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Ludwig van Beethoven
Joseph Sonnleithner after revisions of Georg Friedrich Treitschke after Jean-Nicolas Bouilly's libretto Léonore, ou L'Amour conjugal

Opera in two acts
Dressed as a man and calling herself “Fidelio”, Leonore surreptitiously gains the confidence of the jailer Rocco and his daughter Marzelline, thus gaining access to the high security tract where her husband Florestan has been despotically incarcerated by Don Pizarro. Florestan is in mortal danger, but this does not intimidate his wife, who is determined to liberate him. Finally, however, the two of them can only be rescued by an emissary from the monarch. At the end, a Utopia in the form of a final chorus sets the stage aglow, not only as a plea for freedom and justice, but also concurrently as a condemnation of the anxieties and restrictions of human existence.

Beethoven had several plans for operatic compositions, but he only managed to realize one of these projects: in a decades-long process of creativity and rewriting, inspired by a French work entitled Léonore or Marital Loyalty by composer Pierre Gaveaux and librettist Jean Nicolas Bouilly, which was in turn based on a real event from the epoch of the French Revolution, Beethoven crafted his only opera, Fidelio – a musical cross-over between a light opera and a grandiose theatrical symphony.

In German with German surtitles

Guest performance in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris


Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Paris, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
8.00 p.m. - app. 10.50 p.m.
Playing time: 3 hours (1 intermission)
Information and tickets: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

Musikalische Leitung Adam Fischer
Inszenierung Calixto Bieito
Bühne Rebecca Ringst
Kostüme Ingo Krügler
Licht Reinhard Traub
Choreographische Mitarbeit Heidi Aemisegger
Dramaturgie Andrea Schönhofer
Chor Sören Eckhoff

Don Fernando Tareq Nazmi
Don Pizarro Tomasz Konieczny
Florestan Jonas Kaufmann
Leonore Waltraud Meier
Rocco Matti Salminen
Marzelline Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
Jaquino Alexander Kaimbacher
1. Gefangener Dean Power
2. Gefangener Tim Kuypers

The Bavarian State Orchestra
The Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera