Beethoven spent as much time on Fidelio, 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.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Fidelio, one of the greatest of all German operas, from the cradle of Italian opera, La Scala in Milan. Soprano Anja Kampe and tenor Klaus Florian Vogt star as Leonore and Florestan, with bass-baritone Falk Struckmann in a dramatic performance as the villain Don Pizarro, in a production led by conductor Daniel Barenboim.
Florestan: Klaus Florian Vogt (tenor)
Fidelio: Anja Kampe (soprano)
Rocco: Kwangchul Youn (bass)
Don Pizarro: Falk Struckmann (bass-baritone)
Marzelline: Mojca Erdmann (soprano)
Jacqino: Florian Hoffmann (tenor)
Don Fernando: Peter Mattei (bass)
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Daniel Barenboim, conductor