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Ludwig van Beethoven
A season with Beethoven – #LvB250

An orchestral masterclass from Beethoven and a moving hymn to love and liberty

Nina Stemme
Nina Stemme © Tanja Niemann
Thomas Dausgaard
Thomas Dausgaard © Thomas Grondhal


Nina Stemme Leonore
Michael Weinius Florestan
Malin Christensson Marzelline
John Lundgren Don Pizarro
Karl-Magnus Fredriksson Don Fernando
Johan Schinkler Rocco
Daniel Johannsen Jaquino

Thomas Dausgaard direction
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Swedish Radio Choir

Sung in German with French and English subtitles

Approximate running time
1st part: 1h10 - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 50mn

The triumph of married love over tyranny is the main theme of Beethoven’s only opera. The genesis of the definitive opera was slow and the first version bore the name Leonora, in honour of its heroine who embodied the spirit of freedom and fidelity. Fidelio belongs to the German singspiel genre in which spoken dialogue (rather than recitative) alternates with singing. The musician’s skill in writing for orchestra is showcased to the full in the majestic overture. This hymn to freedom is also a daunting vocal score whose power and feminist and political themes have carved out a special place in opera history. The weighty title role is played by the hugely talented Nina Stemme.

Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
France Musique broadcasts this concert