Ludwig van BeethovenFidelio 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.