Fidelio
Opera

Fidelio

Ludwig van Beethoven

An apotheosis of love, fidelity, freedom and panhuman brotherhood

The State Opera
Modern adaptation
Popular title
English subtitles
German subtitle

Dear spectators,
On 10th of May, the National Theatre launched a presale of tickets for June 2021.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

Tickets can be purchased on the website of the National Theatre, the Main Box office of the National Theatre on the New Stage is reopened. The other box offices remain closed until further notice.

 

Basic information

Venue

The State Opera

Approximate running time

2 hours 30 minutes, 1 intermission 20 minutes

Language

In German, subtitles in Czech, English

Premiere

September 22, 2018

Fidelio

Story of an apotheosis of marital live and fidelity, as well as the idea of justice and pan-human brotherhood.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio is perhaps as cherished in Germany and Austria as Bedřich Smetana’s Libuše is among the Czechs. In his one and only opera, the German composer focused on the subject of abuse of political power, personal sacrifice and unceasing desire for justice and freedom. The heroine of the story is the brave Leonore, who does not hesitate to risk her own life so as to save her wrongfully imprisoned husband Florestan.

Cast

  • 2020-2021

Creatives

Stage director
Vera Nemirova
Sets and Costumes
Ulrike Kunze
Chorus master
Adolf Melichar

About

The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

One of the most celebrated composers of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven is deemed to have commenced a new chapter in the history of symphonic and chamber music. Even though he had considered more than 50 subjects for opera treatment, Beethoven ultimately wrote just a single piece in the genre. The libretto to Fidelio was delivered to the composer by his friend Joseph Sonnleithner, who translated into German and adapted Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s French text Leonora ou l’amour conjugal, highlighting the notions promoted by the “rescue opera”, extremely popular around the time of the French Revolution and depicting the hero/heroine being exposed to mortal danger and ultimately saved. The happy ending represents the victory of lofty humanistic ideals.

The story of the political prisoner Florestan and his intrepid wife Leonore, an apotheosis of marital love and fidelity, as well as the idea of justice and panhuman brotherhood, presently impressed Beethoven. Nonetheless, setting a profound ethical message not for symphony or chamber rendition but for a theatre stage, with which he had no previous experience, proved to be a truly formidable task. Following the failure of the opera’s first and second versions, the opera’s third version, premiered on 23 May 1814 in Vienna, was a success. In 1814, Fidelio was first staged in Bohemia, conducted by the then Kapellmeister of the Estates Theatre, Carl Maria von Weber. The current State Opera production is an adaptation of the opera’s final version.

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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre launched a pre-sale of tickets for June 2021

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the Main box office of the National Theatre.

According to the government's decision, visitors must meet these conditions.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the State opera

While visiting the State Opera, you can take the slip road on Wilsonova street from the left lane close to the State Opera building to the Parking Centrum above-ground garage. The parking fee is 40 CZK/h.