Explore Fidelio in a 90-minute presentation by Nicholas Mathew.
Dr. Nicholas Mathew, Professor of Music at University of California, Berkeley and a noted Beethoven expert, will enhance our knowledge of Beethoven's only opera. Author of the 2013 study Political Beethoven, he specializes in the relationship of Beethoven's music to the culture of his time. One of his books, Political Beethoven (2013), studies the relationship between Beethoven's music and the politics of his day. Another essay collection, The Invention of Beethoven and Rossini (this one co-edited) studies the "history of the fraught opposition between [Beethoven and Rossini], and the artistic and philosophical traditions they came to represent." Dr. Mathew is also, like Beethoven, a pianist, and curates the UC Berkeley Music Department's collection of 19th century pianos.