Headshot of Jonas Kaufmann ©Gregor Hohenberg / Sony Music


117 March 2020
Main Stage
Opera and music
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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.

Sung in German with English surtitles
Thanks to

Position of Music Director Maestro Antonio Pappano generously supported by Mrs Susan A. Olde OBE.

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 an anonymous donor.



Cast may vary depending on date. Go to dates and prices to view casting.

MusicLudwig van Beethoven

DramaturgBettina Bartz

DirectorTobias Kratzer

Lighting designerMichael Bauer

Set and costume designerRainer Sellmaier

Company The Royal Opera

Video designerManuel Braun



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