Prom 9 Repeat: Beethoven - Fidelio

Prom 9 Repeat: Beethoven - Fidelio

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Summary

Another chance to hear last Friday's Prom by the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena who conducts Beethoven's opera Fidelio with a cast led by Stuart Skelton and Ricarda Merbeth. The first of three politically charged stage works this season is Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio - a passionate musical protest against political oppression, first performed in Vienna in the wake of the French Revolution to an audience mostly consisting of Napoleon's troops. At its heart is the stirring 'Prisoners' Chorus', a poignant hymn to freedom and the power of the human spirit. The BBC Philharmonic brings its highly acclaimed performance to the Proms with a cast starring Australian tenor Stuart Skelton as the imprisoned Florestan, and soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his faithful and resourceful wife Leonore. Presented by Donald Macleod at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Stuart Skelton (tenor: Florestan), Ricarda Merbeth (soprano: Leonore), James Cresswell (bass: Rocco), Louise Alder (soprano: Marzelline), Benjamin Hulett (tenor: Jaquino), Detlef Roth (bass-baritone: Don Pizarro), David Soar (bass: Don Fernando), Andrew Masterson (tenor: First Prisoner), Tomothy Bagley (bass-baritone: Second Prisoner), Orfeón Donostiarra, BBC Philharmonic, conductor Juanjo Mena. Beethoven: Fidelio. Followed by a selection of recordings from this week's Proms Artists.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Presenter Verity Sharp
Producer Ellie Mant
Music