Saturday, August 13, Start: 8:00 p.m.


Opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven (Salzburg Festival 2015, Großes Festspielhaus - in German). A co-production of ORF, 3sat and UNITEL.

In 1803 and 1804, Beethoven lived in a servant's apartment in the Theater an der Wien, since he was supposed to compose an opera based on a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, commissioned by the management of Vesta's Feuer. However, he soon lost interest in this opera and instead devoted himself to the Fidelio material, the plot of which affected him as a person as much as it excited him as a composer, since it contained the "moral, uplifting" qualities that he expected from opera material. From the petty-bourgeois world of the jailer Rocco in the first act to the second act dominated by the tyrannical governor of the state prison, the third act rises to the celebration of conjugal love as a victory against arbitrary rule - a unique plea for humanity and justice in the guise of an opera of rescue and liberation.

Video impressions


Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst | Director : Claus Guth | Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic | Duration: 136 minutes

Jonas Kaufmann (Florestan), Adrianne Pieczonka (Leonore), Tomasz Konieczny (Don Pizarro), Hans-Peter König (Rocco)