Fidelio

Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, a work on which he lavished great attention and some of his most inspiring and dramatic music, launches Melbourne Opera's 2013 season.

 

'Fidelio' tells the timeless and moving story of a woman's devoted love of her husband through great adversity.  Florestan has been unjustly imprisoned by his enemy Pizarro. His wife Leonora disguises herself as a youth, gets a job in the prison, and audaciously attempts to rescue her husband. Right triumphs and the opera ends with one of the most magnificent of Beethoven's choral scenes, a ringing assertion of freedom and justice.

 

Melbourne Opera has assembled a superb cast featuring Donna Maree Dunlop, Jason Wasley, Roger Howell and Steven Gallop, with a specially augmented Melbourne Opera Chorus and Orchestra all under the musical direction of the eminent international conductor Dr David Kram. This new production is directed by Hugh Halliday and designed by Andrew Bellchambers.

 

Sung in English.

 

Synopsis

CAST

Leonore

 

Florestan

 

 

Rocco

 

Pizarro

 

 

Jaquino

 

Marzelline

 

Fernando

 

Prisoner 1

 

 

Prisoner 2

 

 

Prison Guards

 

Donna-Maree Dunlop,

Caroline Vercoe

 

Jason Wasley,

Daryl Barclay

 

Steven Gallop

 

Roger Howell,

James Payne

Brenton Spiteri,

Shoumendu Ganguly

 

Fiona Jopson

 

Manfred Pohlenz

 

Shoumendu Ganguly,

Robert Barbaro

 

James Payne,

Stephen Brodie

David Lawson-Smith,

Peter Sackett

CHORUS

 

SOPRANOS

Alexandra Oke

Alice Woodberry

Cheryl Darvidis

Debra O'Connor

Elisabeth Denk

Giuliana D'Appio

Jessica Bull

Maree Macmillan

Myfanwy Coghill

Shauntai Batski

Sue Robertson

TENORS

Cameron Sibley

Christopher Russell

David Phillips

David Woodberry

Nick Renfree-Marks

Othon Charalambous

Paul Dernelley

Richard Wilson

Robert Barbaro

Scott Edwards

Shoumendu Ganguly

Tim Daly

Tony Rainer

MEZZOS

Cecily Woodberry

Kathy Hatton

Susan Halls

Zoe Taylor

BASSES

Ali Doostdar

Bernie Nolan

John Wayne Parsons

Michael Carr

Robert Van Keulen

Roland Seidl

BARITONES

Dick Dowling

Geoff King

James Ash

James Payne

John Davies

Joshua Ellwood

Mark Henderson

Nicholas Webb

 Stephen Brodie

 Steve Marsh

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