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Opera in two acts (1814)

Music by Ludwig van Beethoven

Libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke based on Jean Nicolas Bouilly´s "Léonore ou l´amour conjugal"

Opera in concert in German

Monday, 19 March 2018, 7 pm

Content

Following the first, unsuccessful performance ofFidelio in 1805, Beethoven revised his opera. A second version, now cut to two acts, was staged at the Theater an der Wien in 1806 — with greater success, but with no demand for further performances. He revised his opera a second time in 1814 for the Kärntnertortheater with the successful theatre director Georg Friedrich Treitschke: the plot was further trimmed and the libretto revised by Treitschke. However, this work — nearly ten years after the premiere — cost Beethoven a great deal of effort. In a letter to Treitschke in early March 1814 he wrote: “I would be quicker writing something new than now writing new music to go with the old […]. The score of the opera is more miserably written than I have ever seen, I have to peruse it note by note, […] in short, I assure you, my dear T., the opera will earn me the martyr’s crown”. The story of Leonore, the faithful wife who finds a place with Rocco the gaoler in order to rescue her wrongly imprisoned husband Florestan, remained unchanged, however. In the end, though, the laborious reworkings paid off: the premiere was a huge success and this version of Fidelio conquered the stages of Europe.

Cast

Condcutor

Giovanni Antonini

Biography
Leonore

Annette Dasch

Biography
Florestan

Klaus Florian Vogt

Biography
Marzelline

Regula Mühlemann

Biography
Don Pizarro

Sebastian Holecek

Biography
Rocco

Stefan Cerny

Biography
Jaquino

Patrick Grahl

Biography
Don Fernando

Matthias Winckhler

Biography
First Prisoner

Wolfgang Frisch-Catalano

Biography
Second Prisoner

Alejandro Lárraga Schleske

Biography
Orchestra

kammerorchester basel

Biography
Choir

Gaechinger Cantorey (Ltg. Hans-Christoph Rademann)

Biography

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