FIDELIO

BY LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

October 14–30, 2021


 

To Break Free, She Had to Break In

Disguised 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, Russell Thomas and Greer Grimsley. 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

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RUNNING TIME

Running time is approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes with one intermission

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Why You Should See It

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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Thursday 10/14/21 7:30PM
Sunday 10/17/21 2:00PM
Wednesday 10/20/21 7:30PM
Friday 10/22/21 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Tuesday 10/26/21 7:30PM Buy Tickets
Saturday 10/30/21 7:30PM Buy Tickets

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We Shall Be Free, We Shall Find Peace

Wir werden frei, wir finden Ruh

View an exhibit of art by incarcerated persons at San Quentin State Prison in the War Memorial Opera House and online.

Presented in partnership with the William James Association.


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Join us at the Commonwealth Club of California on October 25 for a discussion about the exhibit.

 

REVIEWS

SF Opera’s Fidelio Is More Than Worth the Wait

–San Francisco Classical Voice

Soprano Elza van den Heever...and tenor Russell Thomas.... rose to their respective star moments—a luminous account of the Act 1 aria “Komm, Hoffnung” for her, a compelling rendition of his Act 2 solo

–San Francisco Chronicle

There were excellent contributions, though, from bass James Creswell as the jailer Rocco, from bass-baritone Greer Grimsley as the fiendish Don Pizarro, and from bass Soloman Howard as the late-arriving liberator Don Fernando

–San Francisco Chronicle

The San Francisco Opera Chorus...sang with cohesion and conviction.

–San Francisco Classical Voice

SYNOPSIS

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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Cast and Creative

CAST
Leonore Elza van den Heever
Florestan Russell Thomas
Don Pizarro Greer Grimsley
Rocco James Creswell
Don Fernando Soloman Howard
Marzelline Anne-Marie MacIntosh *
Jaquino Christopher Oglesby
First Prisoner Zhengyi Bai
Second Prisoner Stefan Egerstrom

PERFORMANCES

October 14, 17, 20, 22, 26, 30

CREATIVE
Conductor Eun Sun Kim
Director Matthew Ozawa
Set and Projection Designer Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Designer Jessica Jahn
Co-Lighting Designer JAX Messenger
Co-Lighting Designer Justin A. Partier
Chorus Director Ian Robertson
Fight Director Dave Maier

* San Francisco Opera Debut

New San Francisco Opera production.

 

Previous performances of Fidelio can be found in our Archive

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All of San Francisco Opera’s health and safety protocols have been developed with a group of University California, San Francisco (UCSF) doctors.

MADE POSSIBLE BY

This production is made possible, in part, by The Dolby Family; Louise Gund; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Phyllis C. Wattis Fund for New Productions; Koret Foundation; Bernard and Barbro Osher; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; and Joan and David Traitel.

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