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Beethoven: Fidelio Blu-ray Disc (Zürich Opera)

‘Translucence, transparency, warmth’ are the qualities identified by Bernard Haitink as necessary for an ideal sound performance of Beethoven’’s only opera, and all are present in this fantastic recording of Katharina Thalbach’s 2008 production for Opernhaus Zürich. Haitink conducts the Zürich Opera Orchestra in a magnificent performance in which Leonore Overture no.3 provides an interlude between the two scenes of the second act, following a tradition started by Gustav Mahler. German soprano Melanie Diener, in the role of Leonore, leads a brilliant cast including Alfred Muff as Rocco, Roberto Saccà as Florestan, Sandra Trattnigg as Marzelline and Christoph Strehl as Jaquino. 

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Leonore:Melanie Diener
Florestan: Roberto Saccà  
Don Pizarro: Lucio Gallo
Rocco: Alfred Muff
Marzelline: Sandra Trattnigg
Jaquino: Christoph Strehl
Don Fernando: Krešimir Stražanac

Zürich Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Haitink
Stage Director: Katharina Thalbach
Set Designer: Ezio Toffolutti
Lighting Designer: Hans-Rudolf Kunz

Picture: 16:9
Format: 1080i
Sound: PCM + 5.1 DTS MA
Region: All regions
Subtitle: EN/DE/FR/SP
Running time: 150 mins
Year: 2008