The Seattle Opera continues its 2012/13 season next month with Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, the story of a devoted wife who rescues her husband, unjustly imprisoned for his political beliefs. Premiered in 1814, Fidelio’s message of love and hope overcoming tyranny and oppression remains as relevant today as ever. Seattle Opera’s production of Fidelio, set here and now, opens on Saturday, October 13, and runs for six performances through Saturday, October 27.
“Now, when political considerations affect us all, Fidelio portrays the spirit that inspired our Founding Fathers – freedom from tyrannical rule,” says Speight Jenkins, Seattle Opera’s General Director. “It is an opera for this time and for all time.”
German soprano Christiane Libor makes her US operatic debut on opening night, as Leonore. Webthea.com called her “The incredible Christiane Libor, the German soprano who is becoming a sure thing at the international box office. Warm voice, silken legato, intimate mid-range and powerful, perfectly mastered high notes, radiant presence…she has all the makings of one of the greats” (translation by Seattle Opera).
Leonore goes undercover as a man—named “Fidelio” to save her husband, Florestan, sung in this production by tenor Clifton Forbis. In 2010, Forbis earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Tristan. Soprano Marcy Stonikas, a former Seattle Opera Young Artist who this summer stunned audiences as Turandot, sings one performance as Leonore, on October 14. “Keep an eye on her career. It may skyrocket,” wrote The Stranger of Stonikas.
Fidelio also features audience favorites Greer Grimsley as the governor Don Pizarro and Arthur Woodley as head-jailer Rocco.
There are Free Public Previews of Fidelio at the following Seattle locations:
9/25/2012, 7:00pm, Third Place Books
10/1/2012, 6:30pm, West Seattle Library
10/3/2012, 6:30pm, Edmonds Library
10/4/2012, 2:00pm, Green Lake Library
10/7/2012, 2:00pm, Frye Museum
10/9/2012, 12:00pm, Freeland Library
10/10/2012, 2:00pm, Ballard Library
10/11/2012, 12:00pm, Seattle Central Library
10/20/2012, 2:15pm, Sylvan Way Library
Tickets for the opera are available online at http://www.seattleopera.org or by calling 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619. Ticket prices start at $25.
6 Performances: October 13, 14 (matinee), 17, 20, 24, and 27, 2012
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, with one intermission
Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm, matinee at 2:00 pm
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Seattle Opera Ticket Office: 206.389.7676 or 800.426.1619
Online orders: http://www.seattleopera.org
More information on the 2012/13 Seattle Opera season and full biographies of the cast members can be found at http://www.seattleopera.org.
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall is located at:
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Seattle, WA 98109