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BY LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
October 14–30, 2021
To Break Free, She Had to Break InDisguised as a guard, one woman infiltrates a nightmarish detention center to unravel the mystery of her activist-husband’s disappearance.Enter into a modern-day reflection of incarceration with director Matthew Ozawa’s brand-new production of Beethoven’s only opera, starring Elza van den Heever and Russell Thomas. Music Director Eun Sun Kim conducts the triumphant score, a precursor to Beethoven’s later work, the Ninth symphony.
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Libretto By Joseph Sonnleithner and Georg Friedrich Treitschke | Sung in German with English supertitles
Running time is approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission
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It’s the drama of the TV series Prison Break fused with the dystopian, revolutionary verve and the strong female leads of films like The Hunger Games. Plus, it’s Beethoven’s only opera!
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Audiences from anywhere in the world can livestream the following performances of Fidelio for $25 each on October 14, 17, 20. Tickets will go on sale this fall.
Read what the press has said about the stars of the production.
“The bright-voiced, fearless soprano Elza van den Heever stole every scene she was in.”–The New York Times
“Russell Thomas provided the evening’s high points as Florestan… Thomas portrayed with compelling emotion the anguish of the imprisoned protagonist, bringing hair-raising intensity to Florestan’s distressed state of mind.”–Texas Classical Review
“Matthew Ozawa’s clever direction enriched the proceedings with multiple layers of action.”–Chicago Tribune
One woman dares to hope that her husband, a dissident long thought to be dead, might still be alive—in one of the most dangerous detention centers on earth.
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October 14, 17, 20, 22, 26, 30
* San Francisco Opera Debut
New San Francisco Opera production.
Previous performances of Fidelio can be found in our Archive.
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This production is made possible, in part, by John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Bernard and Barbro Osher; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; Joan and David Traitel; and Phyllis C. Wattis Endowment Funds.
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