Ludwig van Beethoven




Duration: 2 hours
Opera in two acts op. 72
Libretto: Joseph Sonnleitner, Georg Friedrich Treitschke
Text of the new production: Thomas Reichert
First performance of the third version: Vienna, May 23, 1814
German with explanations in English

Florestan has disappeared, assumed dead. His wife, Leonore, suspects that he has been unjustly imprisoned by his corrupt adversary Don Pizarro, governor of the prison, as he was about to expose Pizarro's machinations. Determined to rescue her husband, Leonore, disguised as the youth Fidelio, has entered the service of the jailer Rocco ...


Concept and Direction: Thomas Reichert
Set Design: Michael Simon / Thomas Reichert
Marionette Head Design: Alfred Kleinheinz
Costumes: Kerstin Grießhaber
Musical Arrangement: Thomas Reichert / Philippe Brunner / Matthias Thurow
Light: Thomas Reichert / Alexander Proschek
Puppet’s Heads: Vladimir Fediakov

Puppeteers: Philippe Brunner, Anne-Lise Droin, Vladimir Fediakov, Edouard Funck, Maximilian Kiener, Marion Mayer, Emanuel Paulus, Eva Wiener, Ursula Winzer
Singers: Kieth Engen, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gottlob Frick, Ernst Haefliger, Friedrich Lenz, Leonie Rysanek, Irmgard Seefried
Speakers: Pauline Fusban, André Jung, Juliane Köhler, Jan-Gregor Kremp, Johannes Meister, Stefan Wilkening


Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester
Ferenc Fricsay
Historical recording:
Deutsche Grammophon 1957

The dialogues were recorded in November 2018.
Bonn, September 15, 2019

The puppets and the equipment were made in the workshops of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.


Sa,  13.07.2024 | 19:30
Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven
with intermission 2 hours
We,  14.08.2024 | 19:30
Fidelio Ludwig van Beethoven
with intermission 2 hours
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