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A ground-breaking new production of Beethoven's opera, led by acclaimed soprano Emma Bell, and Stuart Skelton. Read More >

Political prisoner Florestan is unjustly held captive by Don Pizarro, the corrupt governor of a state prison. Florestan’s wife, Leonore, searches for him by assuming the disguise of a young man called Fidelio and joining the prison staff as a guard. Her rescue of Florestan offers a universal story of the power of marital love and fidelity triumphing over injustice and tyranny.

Two hundred years after its premiere, Beethoven’s Fidelio continues to thrill audiences with its many echoes of the composer’s symphonic works, powerful orchestral imagination and exquisite melodies. Calixto Bieito’s unique vision of Beethoven’s only opera explores the psychological prison of each character, in a production which is contemporary and yet abstract, and which always seeks to challenge our expectations and certainties about this much-admired opera.

Fidelio is conducted by ENO Music Director Edward Gardner. The cast of this ground-breaking new production is led by acclaimed soprano Emma Bell as Leonore and Stuart Skelton as Florestan.


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Important Dates & Timing

Opening Night: 25/09/2013

Closing Night: 17/10/2013

Running time: 2h40

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Cast & Creative


Emma Bell, Stuart Skelton, Philip Horst, James Creswell, Sarah Tynan, Adrian Dwyer, Roland Wood


Director - Calixto Bieito

Conductor - Edward Gardner

Lighting Designer - Tim Mitchell

Set Designer - Rebecca Ringst

Author - Beethoven

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