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.


Photos by Robin Halls

Leonore Donna-Maree Dunlop, Caroline Vercoe
Florestan Jason Wasley, Daryl Barclay
Rocco Steven Gallop
Pizarro Roger Howell, James Payne
Jaquino Brenton Spiteri, Shoumendu Ganguly
Marzelline Fiona Jopson
Fernando Manfred Pohlenz
Prisoner 1 Shoumendu Ganguly, Robert Barbaro
Prisoner 2 James Payne, Stephen Brodie
Prison Guards

David Lawson-Smith, Peter Sackett


Alexandra Oke
Alice Woodberry
Cheryl Darvidis
Debra O'Connor
Elisabeth Denk
Giuliana D'Appio
Jessica Bull
Maree Macmillan
Myfanwy Coghill
Shauntai Batski
Sue Robertson

Cecily Woodberry
Kathy Hatton
Susan Halls
Zoe Taylor

Ali Doostdar
Bernie Nolan
John Wayne Parsons
Michael Carr
Robert Van Keulen
Roland Seidl

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

Dick Dowling
Geoff King
James Ash
James Payne
John Davies
Joshua Ellwood
Mark Henderson
Nicholas Webb
 Stephen Brodie
 Steve Marsh


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