Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

FIDELIO is generously sponsored by Ross Lampe, Jr.


FIDELIO is Beethoven’s only opera, based on a true story from the French Revolution about a woman who, disguised as a man, freed her husband from prison.  The original version of the opera received its premiere in 1805 in Vienna, but thanks to Napoleonic invasion and French occupation, it attracted little notice at first.  Beethoven took the opportunity to rewrite the piece – including several versions of the overture – and it was successful in its final version in 1814.

The inspired music, the vigor and excitement of the rescue scene, the great chorus, the beauty of the Act I quartet (that has the same feel of a slow movement from one of Beethoven’s symphonies) won over the Viennese public and subsequent audiences.  At the same time, the opera’s message of hope, and of liberation from tyranny has made the piece resonate with audiences around the world even beyond its musical impact.

Arthur Fagen conducts the NCO Orchestra and Chorus.  Alexandra LoBianco (previously seen here in Tosca and Siegfried) sings Leonore; Mark Delavan is the villain Pizarro, and Kenneth Kellogg is Rocco.

FIDELIO lasts approximately 2h30m, including one intermission.

Sung in German with English supertitles

Composer:     Ludwig van Beethoven

Librettist:        Joseph Sonnleithner

Premiere:       1814, Theater am Kärntnertor, Vienna, Austria

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The Cast


Don Fernando