In Tobias Kratzer’s new production, Lise plays the role of Leonore, who disguises herself as a prison guard, ‘Fidelio’, to rescue her husband Florestan (Jonas Kaufmann) from political imprisonment. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.
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