Beethoven's Fidelio from Italy's Royal Theater

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Ludwig van Beethoven spent as much time on his only opera as some composers did on their entire portfolios -- and it shows. Fidelio is one of opera's greatest stories of salvation, both literal and spiritual.

World of Opera host Lisa Simeone presents this production of Fidelio from the Royal Theater in Turin, Italy, starring tenor Ian Storey as Florestan, the prisoner in need of rescue; soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his wife, Leonore; and bass-baritone Lucio Gallo in a dramatic performance as Florestan's villainous nemesis, Don Pizarro. The production is led by conductor Gianandrea Noseda.

Cast:

Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda

Florestan : Ian Storey (tenor)

Leonore: Ricarda Merbeth (soprano)

Rocco: Franz Hawlata (bass-baritone)

Don Pizarro: Lucio Gallo (bass-baritone)

Marzelline: Talia Or (soprano)

Jacquino: Alexander Kaimbacher (tenor)

Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus