Royal Opera Live: Fidelio
Beethovenâ€™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 â€˜Fidelioâ€™) 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 Prisonersâ€™ Chorus and Florestanâ€™s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzerâ€™s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary â€˜Terrorâ€™ and our own time to illuminate Fidelioâ€™s inspiring message of shared humanity.