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Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio, op. 92
in a current text version with dramaturgy by Thomas Höft
What a story! A civil rights campaigner, who knows about an official’s corruption, disappears in jail. And only by bluffing her way into the system using a false identity, does the incarcerated man’s wife manage to save her husband from a murder plot in the nick of time. It is no wonder that Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera – “Fidelio” – was banned before its scheduled premiere at Theater an der Wien in 1805. To this day, the tremendous energy of the opera moves people to protest against injustices. After all, Beethoven turned the human desire for freedom into a hymn…
Beethoven’s “Fidelio” is an homage to personal courage, moral integrity and a love that overcomes any obstacle. It lets its heroes Leonore/Fidelio and Florestan unite in the celebration of the duet “O namenlose Freude”. A good 200 years after the premiere, all of this is still highly topical. This is why we confront the content of the opera with present-day reality. To do this, Thomas Höft complements the story set in the time of the French Revolution with stories of people of our time who have had to flee persecution and atrocities in their home countries and make their way to Austria – stories about “real” Leonores and Florestans of today, so to speak. About people who need just the kind of encouragement that Beethoven once wanted to offer. And Andrés Orozco-Estrada has compiled a truly magnificent ensemble for this “Fidelio”!
Pre-concert talk at 06.15 pm at the Glücksgarten. Admission free!