Beethoven's Fidelio

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Karita Mattila as Leonore and Richard Margison as Florestan in 'Fidelio' Karita Mattila as Leonore and Richard Margison as Florestan in 'Fidelio' (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Houston Grand Opera presented its first performance of Beethoven's Fidelio in 27 years last November to enthusiastic reviews. The production, by Jürgen Flimm, stars tenor Simon O'Neill as Florestan, the prisoner in need of rescue, and Karita Mattila as his wife, Leonore. Tómas Tómasson is Florestan's villainous nemesis, Don Pizarro.

Florestan   Simon O'Neill
Leonore   Karita Mattila
Don Pizarro   Tómas Tómasson
Rocco    Kristinn Sigmundsson
Don Fernando   Kyle Ketelsen
Marzelline   Brittany Wheeler
Jaquino   Norman Reinhardt
First Prisoner   Brendan Tuohy
Second Prisoner  Mark Diamond

CONDUCTOR:  Michael Hofstetter
STAGE DIRECTOR:   Jürgen Flimm

Approx. Length:  2 hours 6 minutes

Comments [3]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Beethoven's symphonies are the ABCs of most essential single composers' oeuvre of the symphonic literature. Who ever having heard the Waldstein well performed can ever forget its beauty and nuanced scope of emotions. Wagner and his contemporaries and their successors all recognized the epic achievement of Beethoven. ONLY THE BEST is so appreciated by most people that I have scheduled to sing and make commentary on the composers, lyricists and artists with whom i have sung, studied or have advised me on my singing, acting and composing, who figure prominently in the program entitled "GREATEST LOVE SONGS OF THE BROADWAY MUSICALS, MOVIES, AND THE GRAMMY AWARDS FOR THE SONGS JUDGED BEST FOR THE YEAR" for this SATURDAY NOVEMBER 10th from 1 to 4:30 PM, a three and one half hour concert with 66 love songs complete, at the LAKE HIAWATHA LIBRARY at 68 NOKOMIS AVENUE, LAKE HIAWATHA, NJ. The concert is free. I am a romantischer Wagnerian heldentenor and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute at 418A Main Street, Boonton, NJ.My websites with 37 complete selections from my four solo concerts, each three hours long, at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall.
As part of my Ten Language Solo Debut concert at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, I sang the Gott ! welch dunkel hier ! aria of Fidelio. it can be heard from the live performance on my three websites. It received rave critical notices in newspapers and magazines.

Nov. 10 2012 03:30 PM
Fred Holtz from Manhattan

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Nov. 03 2012 02:37 PM
The Marschallin from New York, NY

Where is the synopsis?

Nov. 03 2012 01:44 PM

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