ludwig Van Beethoven
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After her “radiant company debut” (The New York Times) during the 2019–20 season, soprano sensation Lise Davidsen returns to the Met as the devoted Leonore under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The all-star cast also features tenor Brandon Jovanovich as Florestan, joined by bass-baritone Tomasz Konieczny (last seen at the Met in his Ring-stealing performances as Alberich), bass Franz-Josef Selig, soprano Golda Schultz, and tenor Alek Shrader. The run of Beethoven’s glorious sole opera celebrates the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
Production a gift of Alberto Vilar
Revival a gift of the Metropolitan Opera Club
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Timeline for the show, Fidelio
Estimated Run Time
2 hrs 34 mins
World Premiere: Theater am Kärntnertor, Vienna, 1814.
Fidelio'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.
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.
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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.
The powerful and innovative use of the orchestra found throughout Fidelio is not surprising from Beethoven. Likewise, the chorus’s evocative music is expected from the composer of such notable choral works as the Missa Solemnis and the triumphant choral finale of Ninth Symphony. Yet some of the score’s greatest surprises and pleasures derive from solo and ensemble vocal writing. Beethoven creates hierarchies among his characters, from the earthly to the exalted, which are instantly recognizable in their music.