Ludwig van Beethoven


Mar 16 - Apr 8 Buy Tickets from $27

Beethoven’s only opera—an ode to freedom, justice, and the human spirit—returns to the Met with a fine cast. Adrianne Pieczonka is Leonore, who, disguised as Fidelio, courageously fights for her husband Florestan’s freedom. Klaus Florian Vogt is Florestan, Greer Grimsley is Don Pizarro, and Falk Struckmann is Rocco. Sebastian Weigle conducts.

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 Buy Tickets from $27


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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 1954.


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

Revival Stage Director Gina Lapinski

Ludwig van Beethoven


Ludwig van Beethoven


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.