5, 8, 11, 13th February, 2020.
23rd February, 2020.
Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne.
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo.
2hr 30m, one 20 minute interval.
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor: Anthony Negus
Director: Hugh Halliday
Starring: Kristin Sharp, Warwick Fyfe,
Brad Daley, Rebecca Rashl.
Love. Justice. Freedom. Capturing the true genius of Beethoven in his one and only opera.
To celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth, Melbourne Opera is thrilled to present Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, conducted by leading international maestro Anthony Negus.
Inspired by an actual incident from the French Revolution, Fidelio tells the tale of a woman who dresses as a male prison guard to free her incarcerated husband. The opera touches on themes of freedom, fidelity and integrity melded with some of Beethoven’s finest and rarely performed music.
“The composition of Fidelio, his only opera, caused Beethoven much trouble, but he lavished all his love, care and genius upon its creation, and it remains a landmark and one of the great testaments to true humanity, expressed as only he could express it,” says Anthony Negus, who recently won a Green Room Award for Melbourne Opera’s Tristan and Isolde and is one of the world’s leading Wagnerian conductors.
For more insight and analysis read Mr Negus’s notes on Fidelio for our “From the Conductor” series here.
Principal Sponsor: Henkell Brothers Investment Managers
Press & Reviews
“Melbourne Opera in superb voice for Beethoven’s magnificent Fidelio.” ★★★★
— Bridget Davies, The Sydney Morning Herald