Fidelio, the last premiere of this season at the Bucharest Opera House, debuts July 1st under the direction of Graham Vick. The two-act opera by Ludwig van Beethoven is the production of a team made up of set designers Samal Blak and Mauro Tinti, lighting designer Giuseppe di Iorio and assistant director Matthias Janser. Conductor Cristian Mandeal will lead the orchestra, while the choir was prepared by Stelian Olariu.

The cast is made up of Asineta Răducan (debut) as Leonora, Andrei Lazăr (debut) as Jaquino, Valentin Vasiliu as Pizarro, Horia Sandu (debut) as Rocco, Laura Nicorescu (guest) as Marzelline, Cătălin Ţoropoc (debut) as Fernando, and Marius Vlad Budoiu (debut) as Florestan.

The opera is performed in German, with English surtitles.

Fidelio (originally named Leonore, oder Der Triumph der ehelichen Liebe) is a German opera with spoken dialogue by Ludwig van Beethoven, his only opera. The German libretto was originally prepared by Joseph Sonnleithner. It premiered at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien in November 1805.

The opera tells of how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named Fidelio, rescues her husband Florestan from death in prison.

Tickets can be purchased at the box office of the Bucharest Opera House, daily between 09:00-13:00 and 15:00-19:00 or online here.