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    The first of three politically charged stage works this season is Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio – a passionate musical protest against political oppression, first performed in the wake of the French Revolution.

    At its heart is the stirring ‘Prisoners’ Chorus’, a poignant hymn to freedom and the power of the human spirit. Australian tenor Stuart Skelton stars as the imprisoned Florestan, with soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his faithful and resourceful wife Leonore.

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    Beethoven
    Fidelio 108’
    (concert performance; sung in German)

    Stuart Skelton Florestan
    Ricarda Merbeth Leonore
    Brindley Sherratt Rocco
    Louise Alder Marzelline
    Benjamin Hulett Jaquino
    Detlef Roth Don Pizarro
    David Soar Don Fernando

    Orfeón Donostiarra
    BBC Philharmonic
    Juanjo Mena conductor

    There will be one interval