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ROH Encore: Fidelio (12A)

ROH Encore: Fidelio

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano,


Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.


Sung in German with English subtitles



Approximate running time: about 2 hours 30 minutes


Royal Opera Chorus


Orchestra of the Royal Opera House


Music Ludwig van Beethoven


Libretto Joseph Sonnleithner,

Stephan von Breuning and

George Friedrich Treitschke


Conductor Antonio Pappano


Director Tobias Kratzer


Set and costume designer

Rainer Sellmaier


Lighting designer Michael Bauer


Video designer Manuel Braun


Leonore (Fidelio) Lise Davidsen


Florestan Jonas Kaufmann


Rocco Georg Zeppenfeld


Don Pizarro Simon Neal


Marzelline Amanda Forsythe


Dramaturg Bettina Bartz

Sunday 22 Mar 202014:00 Book Now