In celebration of Beethoven250, and Human Rights Day, Cape Town Opera presents Fidelio in Concert, with star soprano Johanni van Oostrum making her role debut as Leonore. Jeremy Silver conducts, Christine Crouse directs and the production features a newly commissioned linking narration by Standard Bank Young Artist Amy Jeptha.
Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s sole opera, speaks passionately about the composer’s deeply held beliefs about freedom and liberty – views that would be further underscored in the composer’s Ninth Symphony, with its choral finale set to Friedrich Schiller’s Ode to Joy.
Fidelio tells the story of a young woman, Leonora/Fidelio, who goes undercover as a young male prison warden where her husband, Florestan, is unjustly being kept prisoner. Fidelio’s plan is to find a way to somehow free her husband.
The Opera is very loosely based on a true story known to Beethoven’s librettist.
Fidelio and its message of freedom was first performed in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of a democratic South Africa by Cape Town Opera in the exercise yard of the Robben Island prison.
Ticket sales for the Opera are TBA.
Venue: Artscape Theatre Centre, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Cost: R100 – R280