Fidelio ©2020 ROH. PHotograph by Gavin Smart


19 March 2020
The performance lasts about 2 hours 35 minutes, including one interval.
Main Stage
Opera and music

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 (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

There is one gunshot during Act II of this production
Approximate running times
Act I: 1 hour 15 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Act II: 50 minutes
Sung in German with English surtitles

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by

Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE.

Generous philanthropic support from

Alfiya and Timur Kuanyshev, Aud Jebsen, Martin and Jane Houston, Rena and Sandro Lavery, Melinda and Donald Quintin, Mary Ellen Johnson and Richard Karl Goeltz, Trifon and Despina Natsis, Mrs Trevor Swete, the Maestro's Circle, The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund, the American Friends of Covent Garden and two anonymous donors.



CompanyThe Royal Opera

MusicLudwig van Beethoven

LibrettoJoseph Sonnleithner

Revised byStephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke

DirectorTobias Kratzer

Set and costume designerRainer Sellmaier

Lighting designerMichael Bauer

Video designerManuel Braun

DramaturgBettina Bartz


There is lift access and step-free seating to most levels of the Main Stage auditorium, except the Orchestra Stalls, which are reached by a minimum of nine steps. There are more than 100 seats in the Stalls Circle, Balcony and Amphitheatre which are accessible without the need to negotiate steps. In addition, many seats in these areas and in the Donald Gordon Grand Tier and Orchestra Stalls are accessible by 10 steps or fewer. Find out more about accessing the Main Stage Auditorium.