Fidelio’s real name is Leonore. Disguised as a man, she is hired by the jailer Rocco. Her beloved Florestan, the archenemy of the powerful Don Pizarro, is a prisoner in this jail. When minister Don Fernando gives notice that he is coming for an inspection, Pizarro orders the death of Florestan. Fidelio/Leonore digs the grave of her beloved in his cell, always hoping that she can prevent the murder. This succeeds at the last second. An opera about invincible hope.
Opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven
Running time 2 hours 35 minutes
Premiere 07 Oct 1989