San Francisco Symphony Presents Beethoven's 'Fidelio'

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Tune in Saturday at 1 pm to hear the San Francisco Symphony's performance of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio — a work that turns the rescue opera genre on its head, proving itself a profound parable on feminine strength, marital devotion and Enlightenment values.

For Beethoven, the love of opera was lifelong and not fairly requited. Scheme after scheme on diverse subjects failed to gel, and the success of the one opera he actually wrote, the work that began as Leonore and came finally to be called Fidelio, arrived slowly and late — and at the cost of immense pain.

CAST (in order of appearance):

Jaquino: Nicholas Phan
Marzelline: Joélle Harvey
Rocco: Kevin Langan
Leonore: Nina Stemme
Don Pizarro: Alan Held
First Prisoner: Matthew Newlin
Second Prisoner: Craig Verm
Florestan: Brandon Jovanovich
Don Fernando: Luca Pisaroni

San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor