Feb 22 & 23 - The National Concert Hall, Dublin
Set in Seville, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera FIDELIO tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio” (the faithful), rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Florestan, having being falsely imprisoned by the prison Governor Pizarro for two years – has been kept in solitude.
When the minister comes for a review of the prison, the governor decides that the prisoner must die quickly. Leonore has to dig her own husband’s grave. At the moment of greatest danger, a trumpet signal announces that rescue is at handThis is a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph.
With its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe and the world, such a work is redolent of the very world we live in.