Fidelio, Beethoven – Opernhaus Zürich

December 13, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Opernhaus Zurich
Falkenstrasse 1
8008 Zürich

Opera in two acts
Libretto by Joseph Ferdinand Sonnleithner and Georg Friedrich Treitschke

They were last to be seen as Elsa and Lohengrin on the stage of Zurich Opera House, and will now return to Zurich as Leonore and Florestan: South African soprano Elza van den Heever and German tenor Klaus Florian Vogt. At the centre of Andreas Homoki’s compelling Fidelio production is the strong and courageous Leonore, who insinuates herself into a state prison disguised as a man by the name of Fidelio in order to free her husband Florestan. Beethoven’s only opera was written over a ten-year period as a work in progress. It combines Singspiel elements with those of dramatic opera, and ends with a piece of music that not only lends prodigious expression to the idea of liberation, but also already anticipates the Ninth Symphony’s Ode to Joy. Andreas Homoki has removed the plot from its petit bourgeois, light opera context, telling the story in an abstract prison space and thus focusing on the utopian idea of universal brotherhood and global humanity that is at the core of Beethoven’s work. Simone Young, who has already conducted the Philharmonia Zurich in Wagner’s Lohengrin, will be at the rostrum for this revival.

Conductor Simone Young
Producer Andreas Homoki
Stage design Henrik Ahr
Costumes Barbara Drosihn
Light-Design Franck Evin
Video-Design Alexander du Prel
Chorus master Ernst Raffelsberger
Dramaturgy Werner Hintze
Orchestra Philharmonia Zürich
Choir Chor der Oper Zürich
Zusatzchor der Oper Zürich
SoprAlti der Oper Zürich


Don Fernando Oliver Widmer
Don Pizarro Martin Gantner
Florestan Klaus Florian Vogt
Leonore Elza van den Heever
Rocco Christof Fischesser
Marzelline Mélissa Petit
Jaquino Spencer Lang
Erster Gefangener Jonathan Abernethy
Zweiter Gefangener Alexander Kiechle