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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.
Australian tenor Stuart Skelton stars as the imprisoned Florestan, with soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his faithful and resourceful wife Leonore. Louise Alder, winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, sings the role of Marzelline, the jailer’s daughter.
(concert performance; sung in German)
Stuart Skelton Florestan
Ricarda Merbeth Leonore
James Creswell Rocco (replacing Brindley Sherratt)
Louise Alder Marzelline
Benjamin Hulett Jaquino
Detlef Roth Don Pizarro
David Soar Don Fernando
Juanjo Mena conductor
There will be one interval
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