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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