Fidelio - Schedule, Program & Tickets


Grand opera in two acts libretto by Josef Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke

Premiere October 7, 1989

In German with German and English surtitles

Christine Mielitz’s production of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” celebrated its premiere on October 7, 1989. While citizens took to the streets in front of the Semperoper for democracy and human rights, the director showed the “liberation opera” in a contemporary prison yard with a surveillance tower and barbed wire. Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his opera about a woman who disguises herself as a man and wants to save her husband, who has been unjustly taken to a secret prison, under the impression of revolution, reign of terror and war. In his opera, the heroism of Leonore stands next to the everyday world of the prison guard Rocco, great opera stands next to German musical theater. But at the end there is a liberation that Beethoven dresses in almost superhuman, utopian sounds. More than three decades after its premiere, the 1989 Dresden production of “Fidelio” has lost none of its poignancy.

Subject to change.
Sa 19:00