Beethoven’s only opera is presented in a semi-staged production with period instruments for the first time in the United States. Grand Harmonie, Boston’s groundbreaking period-instrument ensemble, joins forces with Princeton University and a cast of rising opera stars. Fidelio tells the story of Leonore, disguised as the prison guard Fidelio, and her courageous struggle to save her husband Florestan from certain death in a political prison.
Fidelio will be conducted by Geoffrey Andrew McDonald and directed by Julia Mintzer. The performance features soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra as Leonore in her role debut, heldentenor John Packard as Florestan, soprano Laura Bohn as Marzelline, tenor Christopher Preston Thompson as Jaquino, baritone David Kravitz as Pizarro, and bass-baritone Adrian Rosas as Rocco. Princeton musicologist and noted Beethoven scholar Scott Burnham will lead a post-performance talk-back.
Grand Harmonie will perform the revised two-act version of Fidelio – a standard of the operatic repertoire – originally premiered at Vienna’s Kärntnertortheater. The single January 23 performance offers a rare opportunity to enjoy a professional live presentation of a work that has received extremely limited attention from the historical performance community in the United States.