DIE EHELICHE LIEBE
‘Love has guided all my endeavours; true love knows no fear.’ Dressed as a man and under the name of Fidelio, Leonore takes a job as a helper in the jail where her husband Florestan is a political prisoner. By her love, tenacity, and sacrifice she is able to save Florestan from the clutches of the corrupt Don Pizarro. Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera, is not only a musical miracle, but also a humanist manifesto on love and fidelity, humanity with all its facets and layers, liberation and self-realisation, ethics and human obligations. You might call it an opera of revolution or a utopian drama, but it is above all a eulogy to mankind as it fights for human values. The conductor René Jacobs presents Leonore, the first version of this masterpiece, rather than Fidelio, the final version. He opts for a historically informed approach so as to spread Beethoven’s universal message of peace and justice with the greatest possible historical accuracy.
Chorus masterFLORIAN HELGATH
Don FernandoTAREQ NAZMI
Don PizarroJOHANNES WEISSER
Freiburger Barockorchester & Zürcher Sing-Akademie
Co-presentationLA MONNAIE / DE MUNT
With the support ofLOTERIE NATIONALE