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Wed, Nov. 29, 2023, 7.30 pm - 10.10 pm | Main Stage

Ludwig van Beethoven


Introduction at 6.50 pm

Florestan has been unjustly incarcerated for “fighting for the truth”. The governor of the state prisons, Pizarro, is responsible and therefore needs to eliminate Florestan so as not to be prosecuted himself. However, Florestan’s wife Leonore gains employment in the prison without revealing her identity, and managing to liberate her husband. The question remains: which liberty is this? What happens after liberty is regained? These are questions Beethoven’s opera asks – and leaves unanswered. The performance history of “Fidelio” through all the political systems Germany has undergone has turned the opera itself into an archive. It condenses German history, asking the painful question what the German dream – or nightmare – might be today. Florestan – a Republican Jesus who was captured and liberated for our sake; Leonore – a new type of woman, capable of bearing political responsibility.

Director: Georges Delnon
Set Designer: Kaspar Zwimpfer
Costume Designer: Lydia Kirchleitner
Lighting Designer: Michael Bauer
Video: fettFilm
Dramaturgy: Klaus-­Peter Kehr, Johannes Blum

Premiere: 28.01.2018

A break of 30 minutes after the first act (after about 80 minutes)

In German with German and English surtitles
Supported by the Foundation for the Support of the Hamburg State Opera. A coproducion with Teatro Communale di Bologna.

Venue: Main Stage, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 6,00 EUR to 97,00 EUR

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