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Beethoven: Fidelio DVD (The Royal Opera) 2020


Lise Davidsen and David Butt Philip lead The Royal Opera in this striking new production.

Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, David Butt Philip 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 with highlights including the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s aria, which conjures hope from the depths of despair. 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.

Florestan: David Butt Philip
Leonore: Lise Davidsen
Rocco: Georg Zeppenfeld
Don Pizarro: Simon Neal
Marzelline: Amanda Forsythe
Jaquino: Robin Tritschler
Don Fernando: Egils Silinš
First Prisoner: Filipe Manu
Second Prisoner: Timothy Dawkins

Royal Opera Chorus Chorus
Director: William Spaulding
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Guest Concert Master: Jan Schmolck
Director: Tobias Kratzer
Designer: Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting Designer: Michael Bauer
Video Designer: Manuel Braun
Dramaturg: Bettina Bartz

Extras:  Why The Royal Opera love performing Fidelio; Cast gallery

Picture: 16:9 
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 + DTS-HD Surround 5.1
Running time: 133 mins
Region code: All regions
Subtitle: EN, FR, DE, JP, KO
Year: 2020

Second Image: Fidelio (c) ROH 2020 Photographed by Bill Cooper