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Beethoven: Fidelio Blu-ray Disc (Wiener Philharmoniker)

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Claus Guth’s striking experimental production drew fervent reactions at its premiere at the 2015 Salzburg Festival. On an elegantly spartan set – suggestive of Freud’s ‘salon of the unconscious’ – the opera is reworked with amplified noises and ambient sounds replacing the traditional dialogue and the addition of hand-signing dopplegangers to shadow some of the lead characters. Guth’s conceptual exploration of the mind’s ability to self-impose its own prison is brilliantly executed by Jonas Kaufmann, ‘impressively mastering the brief but great hurdles of Florestan with his dark, glowing tenor voice’ (Die Welt) and by Adrianne Pieczonka’s ‘triumphantly sung Leonore’ (The Observer).

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonore:Adrianne Pieczonka
Florestan: Jonas Kaufmann 
Don Pizarro: Tomasz Konieczny 
Rocco: Hans-Peter König 
Marzelline: Olga Bezsmertna
Jaquino: Norbert Ernst
Don Fernando: Sebastian Holecek

Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor
Chorus Master: Ernst Raffelsberger  
Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst 
Stage Director: Claus Guth 
Set and Costume Designer: Christian Schmidt 
Lighting Designer: Olaf Freese 

Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival 2015

Picture: 16:9
Format: 60i
Sound: PCM + 5.1 DTS MA
Region: A B C 
Subtitle: EN/DE/FR/SP/CH/KO/IT
Running time: 136 mins
Year: 2015