Fidelio – Beethoven 250
Kampe, Kaufmann & van Zweden – Gstaad Festival Orchestra II
Anja Kampe, Soprano (Leonore)
Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor (Florestan)
Matthias Winckhler, Bass-Baritone (Don Fernando)
Falk Struckmann, Baritone (Don Pizarro)
Andreas Bauer Kanabas, Bass (Rocco)
Christina Landshamer, Soprano (Marzelline)
Patrick Grahl, Tenor (Jaquino)
Peter Simonischek, Narrator
Philharmonic Choir Brünn/Brno
Gstaad Festival Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden, Conductor
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
«Fidelio», opera in 2 acts – in a concert version 180'
It is Beethoven's only opera... but what an opera! A concentration of his dramatic genius at the service of values emblematic of his thinking, deeply marked by the impetus of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution: freedom and fraternity. Inspired by a play by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly entitled Léonore ou l'amour conjugal [Leonora or Marital Love], his Fidelio stages a woman (Leonora) who does everything in her power to get her husband (Florestan) out of prison... including disguising herself as a man (under the name of Fidelio) to get inside. Presented in a concert version, this masterpiece is the opportunity for a two-fold come-back: that of star tenor Jonas Kaufmann and conductor Jaap van Zweden at the head of the Gstaad Festival Orchestra.