Plays Directory : Fidelio

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Written
    1805
  • Overview
    Fidelio (Op. 72) is a German opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is Beethoven's only opera. The German libretto is by Joseph Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly which had been used for the 1798 opera Léonore, ou L’amour conjugal by Pierre Gaveaux, and for the 1804 opera Leonora by Ferdinando Paer (a score of which was owned by Beethoven). The opera tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison.

    Bouilly's scenario fits Beethoven's aesthetic and political outlook: a story of personal sacrifice, heroism and eventual triumph (the usual topics of Beethoven's "middle period") with its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe.

    As elsewhere in Beethoven's vocal music, the music is not especially kind to the singers. The principal parts of Leonore and Florestan, in particular, require great vocal skill and endurance in order to project the necessary intensity, and top performances in these roles attract admiration.

    Some notable moments in the opera include the "Prisoners' Chorus", an ode to freedom sung by a chorus of political prisoners, Florestan's vision of Leonore come as an angel to rescue him, and the scene in which the rescue finally takes place. The finale celebrates Leonore's bravery with alternating contributions of soloists and chorus.

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5 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Wayne Dowdeswell
Wayne Dowdeswell
Lighting Designer
2018, Lighting Designer
Longborough Festival Opera
Malorie Casimir
Malorie Casimir
Voice Over: English
2018, Marcy
Lucy Bradford
Lucy Bradford
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Deputy Stage Manager
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Katie Thackeray
Katie Thackeray
Company Stage Manager
2017, Stage Manager
Royal Festival Hall
Leanne Geddes
Leanne Geddes
Prop Maker
2017, Assistant stage manager
Anna Bonomelli
Anna Bonomelli
Set Designer
2016, Model maker assistant
Sarah Stewart
Sarah Stewart
Assistant Stage Manager
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Joanna Piestrzynska
Joanna Piestrzynska
Set Designer
2015, Stage designer
Open Air Bühne Vienna
Joanna Piestrzynska
Joanna Piestrzynska
Production Designer
2015, stage designer
Ged Petkunas
Ged Petkunas
Actor
2014, Pizarro's Henchman
Garsington Opera
Harriet Kennedy
Harriet Kennedy
Production Runner
2014, Head of Props/ Props Buyer/ Assistant Stage Manager
David Putman
David Putman
Stage Manager
2014, Assistant Stage Manager
Stuart david Myles
Stuart david Myles
Technical Manager
2014, TECHNICAL MANAGER
Beth Reed
Beth Reed
Deputy Stage Manager
2014, Deputy Stage Manager
Coade Theatre, Bryanston
Harriet Kennedy
Harriet Kennedy
Assistant Stage Manager
2014, Assistant Stage Manager/ Head of Props/ Props Buyer
Verity Louise Finney-Green
Verity Louise Finney-Green
Costume Designer
2014, Costume Assistant
Charlie Morgan Jones
Charlie Morgan Jones
Lighting Designer
2014, Lighting Designer
Coade Hall Theatre
Laura Barton
Laura Barton
Deputy Stage Manager
2013, ASM
Nick Baldock
Nick Baldock
Actor
2013, Actor / Suicide
Katie Bell
Katie Bell
Wardrobe Assistant
2013, Dresser
London Coliseum