Jaap van Zweden conducts Fidelio


  • Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio

Wagner's Götterdämmerung is a size too big for the hall under the present circumstances. Jaap van Zweden conducts Beethoven's Fidelio instead. With largely the same star cast.


Fidelio is probably the best failed opera of all time. In 1805, Beethoven's Leonore, as the first version of Fidelio was called, was premiered. For years, the composer struggled with this work, until he delivered the definitive version in 1814. A work that lies somewhere in between: Singspiel, dramatic opera, oratorio...

Inhuman conditions

At the same time, Beethoven created the romantic German opera as if from nowhere. The orchestra is larger, more symphonic than in Mozart's days; the singing style is heavier, more dramatic. And the subject - the liberation of the political prisoner Florestan - is entirely in keeping with the new era. At the heart of the work is the large scene of Florestan, who is held captive in a dungeon under inhuman conditions. His recitative 'Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!" and the following aria "In des Lebens Frühlingstagen..." form a heartfelt cry for a better world.

Saturday 12 December 2020
13:00 hours
The Royal Concertgebouw

Large Hall


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Netherlands Radio Choir
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Simon Halsey
Choir conductor
Anja Kampe
Soprano, Leonore
Daniel Frank
Tenor, Florestan
Falk Struckmann
Bass-baritone, Rocco
Simon Neal
Baritone, Don Pizarro
Oliver Zwarg
Bass-baritone, Don Fernando
Mercedes Arcuri
Soprano, Marzelline
Thomas Atkins
Tenor, Jaquino
Robert Holl

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