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Fidelio - Ludwig van Beethoven


Fidelio’s libretto, based on a comic opera by Bouilly and Gaveaux, met resounding success in Paris in 1798. Drawing inspiration from the Reign of Terror, a period of the French Revolution, this artwork inspired many composers. Beethoven turned it into an ode to justice and made it his philosophical legacy. At the end of a galant century and in the early days of a society founded on mariage, the marital love that was denied to Beethoven is a the heart of this drama.

The composer worked on this opera for ten years, until it triumphed in 1814. Like Mozart, Beethoven had transcended singspiel’s form and language. More importantly, he had entrusted lyrical art with its true mission: the public.

Rarely played in Paris, Fidelio finds an opera auditorium at the Opéra Comique that is very similar to the ones Beethoven knew back in the 1810’s.Together with Siobhan Stagg and Michael Spyres, Raphaël Pichon and Cyril Teste have created a performance induced with fiery musical intensity and politics.


Leonore - Siobhan Stagg (from the orchestra pit on September 25th, Katherine Broderick ; from the orchestra pit on September 27th, Jacquelyn Wagner)

Florestan - Michael Spyres

Marzelline - Mari Eriksmoen

Rocco - Albert Dohmen

Don Pizarro - Gabor Bretz

Don Fernando - Christian Immler

Jaquino - Linard Vrielink

First prisoner - Constantin Goubet

Second prisoner - René Ramos Premier


Choir and orchestra - Pygmalion


Musical direction - Raphaël Pichon

Stage direction - Cyril Teste

Decors - Valérie Grall

Costumes - Marie La Rocca

Dramaturgy - Leila Adham

Lights - Julian Boizard

Video conception - Mehdi Toutain-Lopez

Camera operator - Nicolas Doremus

Sound conception - Thibault Lamy



  •  2021 September 25th, 27th and 29th, October 1st and 3rd


Opéra Comique, Paris

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