A dramatic concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, streamed live from Leeds Town Hall.

This romantic melodrama, inspired by a true story from the French Revolution, speaks to our times with its themes of isolation, liberty and humanity. Fidelio is actually Leonore, a noblewoman disguised as a boy in search of her husband, Florestan, who has been unjustly imprisoned by tyrannical political opponent Don Pizarro. Fidelio secures a job as a prison guard and sets in motion a chain of events in which she must risk everything to save her husband’s life…

An impressive cast of internationally-renowned singers including Rachel Nicholls, Toby Spence, Robert Hayward and Brindley Sherratt is conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. Accompanied by a 33-piece orchestra and 24-strong chorus this will be one of the largest on-stage ensembles since the COVID-19 outbreak. The powerful and poignant music includes highlights such as the moving Prisoners’ Chorus and the thrilling trumpet call as the drama reaches its climax.

Watch it live online at 7pm GMT on Saturday 12 December or on demand for 7 days following the live event.

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  • Online

Live on Saturday 12 December
19.00 GMT / 20.00 CET / 14.00 EST 

How to watch
Watch the livestream via our ONDemand streaming site. The recorded version also available to watch until 11:59pm on Saturday 19 December. (Please note there will be up to a 3 hour delay between the livestream ending and the recording being available). Details will be provided in your pre-show email.

Running time
Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Sung in German with surtitles and English narration

Ludwig van Beethoven

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Cast & Creative

Mark Wigglesworth


Matthew Eberhardt


Peter Maniura

Livestream Director

Rachel Nicholls


Toby Spence


Brindley Sherratt


Fflur Wyn


Oliver Johnston


Robert Hayward



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