Join worldwide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a live cinema screening of the composer’s only opera, Fidelio. The performance is screened live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 17 March from 7.15pm with an encore screening on Sunday 22 March at 2pm. The production, directed by the exciting German director Tobias Kratzer, features a superb cast including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan and Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen as Leonore, and the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus, all under the baton of The Royal Opera’s Music Director Antonio Pappano.
Fidelio tells the uplifting story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a man (Fidelio) in order to rescue her husband Florestan, a political prisoner held by the tyrant Don Pizarro. Beethoven’s stunning score includes beautiful soul-searching arias for Leonore and Florestan, and one of the most exuberant finales in the whole of the operatic repertory. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging draws parallels between the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution and the political crises of our own time, highlighting timeless themes of courage, love and emotional resilience.
The Royal Opera House cinema broadcasts offer audiences the best seat in the house, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews. Audience members are never far from a performance at the Royal Opera House, with most people in the UK based within 30 miles of a cinema screening. As well as being shown in the UK, Fidelio will be broadcast to more than 1,000 international cinemas in 53 countries around the world.
The Royal Opera’s Fidelio will be shown live in cinemas on Tuesday 17 March at 7.15pm with an encore screening on Sunday 22 March at 2pm. To book tickets visit roh.org.uk/cinemas and share on social using #ROHfidelio. The next cinema broadcast will be The Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake on Wednesday 1 April at 7.15pm.