Ludwig van Beethoven

Fidelio

Mar 16 - Apr 8

Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. Adrianne Pieczonka “brings an affecting blend of emotional vulnerability and valiant determination” (New York Times) to the role of Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. Klaus Florian Vogt sings with “uncommon tenderness and poignancy” (New York Times) as Florestan, Greer Grimsley is Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann is Rocco. Conductor Sebastian Weigle brings “breadth, shape, and character to Beethoven’s score” (New York Times).

Production a gift of Alberto Vilar

Revival a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Crawford

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  • Sung In
  • German
  • Met Titles In
  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Estimated Run Time
  • 2 hrs 33 mins
  • House Opens
  • Act I 73 mins
  • Intermission 33 mins
  • Act II 47 mins
  • Opera Ends
Mar 16 - Apr 8

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Premiere: Theater am Kärntnertor, Vienna, 1814. Fidelio would command our respect for the sole reason of being Beethoven’s only complete opera. Beyond this, the opera’s unusual structure, glorious score, and life-affirming aura make it a unique experience. It has been called a hymn to freedom and human dignity. Formally a singspiel (with musical numbers separated by spoken dialogue), Fidelio had a long and complex gestation. Its uplifting spirit made it the obvious choice for several important productions marking the end of World War II, including the reopening of the Vienna State Opera in 1955.

Creators

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) was a pivotal figure in music whose orchestral, piano, and chamber works are at the center of the repertoire. He is especially known for his nine symphonies, which redefined the possibilities of the classical orchestra for all successive generations. Joseph Sonnleithner (1766–1835) was a librettist, director, and the secretary of the Vienna court theaters.

Production Jürgen Flimm

Set Designer Robert Israel

Costume Designer Florence von Gerkan

Lighting Designer Duane Schuler

Ludwig van Beethoven

Composer

Ludwig van Beethoven

Setting

The opera is set in Seville toward the end of the 18th century, during the time of political upheaval following the French Revolution. The Met’s production places the action in an unspecified contemporary setting.