20 MARCH 2020: Beethoven’s “Fidelio” live-delayed from the Theater an der Wien.
Theater an der Wien © Paul Ott
Roland Geyer / Manfred Honeck / Christoph Waltz © APA
Roland Geyer (artistic director), Manfred Honeck (conductor), Judith Holste (costume designer), Frank Barkow (stage designer) and Christoph Waltz (director) at the press conference at the Theater an der Wien © APA
On the occasion of the composer’s 250th birthday, the ORF broadcasts Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Fidelio” live from the Theater an der Wien.
It is not only the premiere location of the opera: throughout his life, it was the only opera house Beethoven was engaged in. His employment began in 1803 and also required him to write operas. But Beethoven’s relationship with this genre was difficult. Premiered in 1805 and revised several times, “Fidelio” remained Beethoven’s only opera. Nevertheless, it has emerged as a humanistic masterpiece, an anthem to freedom, that is now part of the core repertoire of every opera house.
In the Beethoven Year 2020 the Theater an der Wien shows “Fidelio” in its second version of 1806. Manfred Honeck is at the podium of the Wiener Symphoniker. The Austrian actor and Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz is responsible for the staging.
A coproduction by ORF and Unitel, in cooperation with the Theater an der Wien;
Genre opera broadcast
Recording location Theater an der Wien / Vienna
Coproduction Company Unitel
Coproduction Company ORF - Austrian Broadcasting Corporation
Stage Director Christoph Waltz
Conductor Manfred Honeck
TV Director Tiziano Mancini
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven
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