Beethoven's Fidelio From La Scala

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Beethoven's 'Fidelio' From La Scala. Beethoven's 'Fidelio' From La Scala. (Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano)

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

Comments [2]

Interesting comment, Ellen.

So is this a singspiel? A hybrid? Or a full-fledged opera? DD~~

Feb. 15 2015 07:11 PM
Ellen from West Chester, PA

An excellent cast, but without the spoken dialogue, the dramatic sense is missing. An inexplicable omission in this day and age. Reduces the presentation to a series of disconnected pieces. I realize the audience will be largely Italian speaking, but surely La Scala is equipped with some form of supertitles.

Feb. 14 2015 05:48 PM

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