Fidelio
Opera

Fidelio

Ludwig van Beethoven
The State Opera
Modern adaptation
Famous draft
English subtitles

Due to the government shutdown are the box offices of the National Theatre closed from 27th of December, 2020.

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.

Fidelio, by Ludwig van Beethoven, is sometimes referred to as the composer’s solitary dream. Even though he intensely wished to create an opera, and having considered more than 50 subjects, Beethoven ultimately merely wrote just a single piece in the genre.

Cast

  • 2020-2021

Creatives

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

About

The State Opera Chorus and Orchestra

The libretto to Fidelio was furnished to the composer by his friend Joseph Sonnleithner (1765–1835), who translated into German and adapted the French text Leonora ou l’amour conjugal, penned by Jean-Nicolas Bouilly (1763–1842).

The story of the political prisoner Florestan and his brave wife Leonore, an apotheosis of marital live and fidelity, as well as the idea of justice and pan-human 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.

The premieres of the first, three-act, version in 1805 and the shortened, two-act, version two years later (both at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna) were flops, with only the opera’s third version, first performed on 23 May 1814 at the Theater am Kärntnertor, having met with triumph. In 1814, Fidelio was first staged in Bohemia, conducted by the then Kapellmeister of the Estates Theatre, Carl Maria von Weber. Beethoven’s work was most recently presented in Prague in 1993, at the State Opera, under the title Leonore, so as to make it clear it was the original version. The State Opera production is an adaptation of the opera’s final, 1814, version.

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Fidelio Programme (CZE)

A booklet for the production of Fidelio

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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

When purchasing online, we will send you an E-ticket by e-mail. You can pick up printed tickets in person at any of our box offices.

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.