Ludwig van Beethoven

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Fidelio was due to open at Leeds Town Hall on 29 November for four performances, all of which will now be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions. Bookers for the live events will be contacted with refund options.

One performance of Fidelio will now be livestreamed at 7pm on Saturday 12 December. All existing bookers will also be contacted with the opportunity to arrange free access to the livestream.

Find out more and book tickets for the Fidelio ONDemand livestream.

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.


Running time
Approx 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval

In German with surtitles and English narration

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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.

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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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