Fidelio – Freedom, Fidelity and the Triumph of love over every obstacle.
This year, 2020, we mark the 250th birthday of a man who changed music forever: Ludwig van Beethoven.
Beethoven, the man, the artist, the Tondichter as he called himself. A life full of passion, music, success, disappointments and of deafening silence. All of this drama and heart-rending catharsis heralded the eternal music of the Sturm und Drang movement.
Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an apotheosis of his art. It is loved and known everywhere not only because of the transcending beauty of its music, but particularly because of the political implications of the story.
“Man is born free, and everywhere he lies in chains.” wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Beethovens librettist, Joseph Sonnleithner, writes that Fidelio was not about politics at all, but about “wifely virtue” and fidelity. But it is also most definitely an opera about political oppression and enlightened principles triumphing over the threat of tyranny. Love is the guiding light to achieve these and therefore Leonore is not only an embodiment of womanly virtue, but also in her manly guise of Fidelio the embodiment of true humanistic enlightenment, through which freedom can be achieved.
BelCanto Arts stages this operatic masterpiece in the stunning Lorely-Hall, a masterpiece of 19th century architecture near the Schönbrunn Castle.
A cast of international opera singers will perform under the direction of celebrated stage director together with Chorus BelCanto and the BelCanto Arts Orchestra.
What to expect?
The fully scenic performance of Fidelio takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes, including an intermission of 20 minutes.
Situated in the heart of Vienna, just 10 minutes on foot from the Schönbrunn Castle, you find the Lorely-Hall, one of the architectural gems of the fin de siècle in Vienna. Newly renovated, this exclusive Location seats 300 people and is today one of the most beautiful concert halls in Vienna.
Within the booked category you can choose your seat freely.
No particular dress code required.
Cast of BelCanto Arts concerts:
Full soloist cast with chorus and a reduced orchestra.
Information for people with handicaps:
Handicapped accessible! Please notify us when you buy the ticket, as there are only a limited number of seats available.