Fidelio (RoH Opera)
Screened at Spotlight Theatre
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.
Leonore has disguised herself as a man and presented herself as Fidelio, in order to be hired as a deputy gaoler in the prison where her husband Florestan is unjustly held at the orders of the cruel Don Pizzaro.
Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.
The dramatic art of this magnificent work, which deals with liberty, faithfulness, idealism and justice, holds a universal value within it.