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Beethoven
Fidelio

Beethoven’s only opera attracts the greatest singers and conductors, not only for its passionate music, but also because of its profoundly stirring message of freedom and the rights of the individual against tyranny. It all comes together superbly in this historic performance led by the legendary conductor Karl Böhm. Birgit Nilsson is Leonore, the woman who disguises herself as a man in her desperate attempt to locate her husband Florestan (James King, a couple weeks after his Met debut in the same role), who has been unjustly imprisoned by his enemy, Don Pizarro (Geraint Evans).

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Jan 22, 1966
Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven
Librettist
Joseph von Sonnleithner
Run Time
2 HRS 04 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Karl Böhm
Leonore
Birgit Nilsson
Florestan
James King
Don Pizarro
Geraint Evans
Rocco
Otto Edelmann
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