Sir Donald Runnicles conducts this concert performance of Beethoven's only opera, telling a moving story of a wife's devotion and the resilience of human nature.
The General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, acclaimed conductor Sir Donald Runnicles, leads a concert performance of the quintessential rescue opera Fidelio.
An activist is thrown into jail after attempting to expose a brutal regime’s crimes and corruption. Left to die in his cell, his only hope lies with his wife Leonore – who will go to any lengths to free her beloved from the chains of oppression.
Beethoven’s only opera is a moving tribute to the power of love and the enlightening strength of humanity that resonates with us today more than ever. Its music – from stirring choruses to the most intimate of arias – continues to delight and inspire.
Visionary conductor Runnicles leads a fine cast of soloists, as well as London’s exceptional Philharmonia Orchestra, as part of the ensemble’s residency at International Festival 2022.
Sung in German with English narration and supertitles
Sir Donald Runnicles Conductor
Clay Hilley Florestan
Emma Bell Leonore
Markus Brück Don Pizarro
Günther Groissböck Rocco
Sir Willard White Don Fernando and Narrator
Gideon Poppe Jaquino
Kim-Lillian Strebel Marzelline
Please note: Jennifer Davis has had to withdraw from this concert performance due to illness. We are very grateful to Emma Bell, who has agreed to step in to perform the role of Leonore.