Ludwig van Beethoven

29 Nov–12 Dec 2020

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A dramatic concert performance of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

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.

Performances will be held indoors with performers and audiences socially-distanced. Tickets are limited in accordance with government guidance, please see our COVID safety measures for further information.

  • Leeds Town Hall

Running time
Approx 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval

In German with surtitles and English narration

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Cast & Creative

Mark Wigglesworth


Rachel Nicholls


Toby Spence


Brindley Sherratt


Fflur Wyn


Oliver Johnston


Robert Hayward

Don Pizarro


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