Fidelio 24.8.2021

Tuesday 24.8.2021 19.00 Opera
Sold out Espoo Cultural Centre
Tuesday 24.8.2021 19.00 Sold out Espoo Cultural Centre

Beethoven’s opera Fidelio is acutely relevant for our time. Written more than 200 years ago, it is a timeless story of the use and abuse of power. Yet ultimately the story turns on humanity and wisdom; at the core stands Rocco, the prison guard, played by Sami Luttinen. Distinguished conductor Okko Kamu leads the Tapiola Sinfonietta and a cast with some of Finland’s finest singers.

Fidelio is what is known as a ‘salvation opera’, focusing on the concepts of romantic love and heroism. Beethoven raised this scenario to a more general level, emphasising democratic ideals.
We live in an age where opinions become truth and opposing the truth calls for courage. This is exactly what Fidelio is about: courage, civil courage. It shows how each one of us can oppose the arbitrary use of power against us. Justice eventually triumphs in Fidelio, and thus it is also a story of hope.
Prisoner of conscience. Confidentiality. Special court. Stop and frisk. Surveillance. Enforcement. Use of power. Special forces. Military industry. Troll. Government machinery. Manipulation. Official decision. Deprivation of liberty. Fake news. Border checks. Refusal of entry. Security services. Information leak. Official violence. Roadblock.

Dark words, like a dark cloud on the horizon. What is the world coming to?

In cooperation with Organ Night & Aria festival and Espoo City Theatre.

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Duration: 2 hrs 15 min, no interval.

The program is subject to change.



Ludwig van Beethoven

Fidelio op. 72

Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, is an ode to love, hope, and freedom.

Beethoven composed Fidelio two centuries ago at a time when the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars had driven the nation into disarray. Today, we live in a world in which opinions masquerade as facts, and truth itself has become dangerous. Probing or resisting it takes courage and wisdom.

Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted personal freedoms and decreased social interaction. Set in a prison near Seville, Fidelio is a timeless portrayal of use and abuse of power, but it also offers a vision of selfless love, and of a world in which humane justice ultimately prevails.

Composed two centuries ago, its timeless portrayal of use and abuse of power hits home. And yet, Fidelio keeps faith in mankind and in wisdom; Sami Luttinen’s prison guard Rocco stands tall as the opera’s central character. The acclaimed conductor Okko Kamu conducts Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Organ Night & Aria Festival choir, and a cast featuring some of Finland’s most celebrated stars of opera stage.

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