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Beethoven

Fidelio

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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