Cookie Control

This site uses cookies to store information on your computer.
I am happy to proceed

Beethoven: Fidelio

Shipping time: In stock | Expected delivery 1-2 days | Free UK Delivery
The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner's works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus. Thus it was Beethoven's Fidelio that featured at the opening of the Deutsches Opernhaus in 1912 - and it was also chosen for the anniversary concert on 7th November 1962 that is documented in this DVD. The conductor of the Deutsche Oper orchestra was a man who had been personally involved in much of the former history of the opera house - Artur Rother. He had joined it in 1934 and in the 28 years leading up to the anniversary, Rother conducted no fewer than 66 premieres. The production was in the hands of theatre director Gustav Rudolf Sellner and his chief set designer Wilhelm Reinking.

Special care was taken in selecting the cast for the anniversary performance. For the four main roles, singers were chosen who already had international experience but were still fresh and vigorous. Christa Ludwig, James King and Walter Berry would also come to be regarded by Metropolitan Opera as ideal interpreters of the two main roles - but not until 1966 and 1971 respectively and Josef Greindl's Rocco was famous in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and Berlin.

"On stage, Christa Ludwig's Leonore, puts everyone else in the shade. She achieves something rare in this role - a perfect unity of stage character and singer. Her male disguise becomes credible; this Fidelio is a slim, lanky young man whom one can well imagine the silly Marzelline falling in love with." Der Tagesspiegel, 1962
Item number 101597
Barcode 807280159790
Release date 27/02/2012
Category OPERA
Label Arthaus Musik
Media type DVD
Number of units 1
Artists Christa Ludwig
James King
Joseph Greindl
Lisa Otto
Martin Vantin
Walter Berry
William Dooley
Composers NULL Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductors Artur Rother
Orchestras Deutsche Oper Berlin
Write your own review
You must log in to be able to write a review
If you like Beethoven: Fidelio, please tell your friends! You can easily share this page directly on Facebook, Twitter and via e-mail below.

You may also like.....

100 Years Of The Deutsche Oper Berlin
Verdi: Otello
Puccini: Tosca
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Best Of Operetta 107509 26/09/2011 £29.99
Out of stock
CULT OPERA OF THE 1970s 101261 29/09/2008 £101.99
Few in stock Buy +
GLYNDEBOURNE DIAMONDS 101109 30/04/2007 £45.99
BEETHOVEN: Fidelio 101275 26/02/2007 £24.99
Few in stock Buy +
VIENNA STATE OPERA GALA 2054928 01/01/2006 £29.99
Few in stock Buy +
BEETHOVEN: Fidelio 101099 01/11/2005 £14.99
Out of stock
Image Image
My account
My cart: 0 items