Phantom of liberty


Sat 16.9.2017, 8 p.m., 2017-9-16T20:00 Kreuzkirche

Phantom of liberty

Thomas Gazheli (Baritone (Il Prigioniero))
Christian Georg (Tenor (Il Carceriere))
Yannick-Muriel Noah (Soprano (La Madre))
Choir of Theater Bonn
Beethoven Orchester Bonn
Dirk Kaftan (Conductor)

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Ouverture no. 3 to the opera ‘Fidelio’ op. 72

Luigi Dallapiccola:
‘Il prigioniero’. Opera in one act, libretto by the composer (concert performance)

‘Fidelio’ is merely the best-known work in a historical genre all its own: the ‘rescue opera’, which arose against the backdrop of the French Revolution. The Beethovenfest, wanting to shed light on this area, asked whether similar subjects persist in our own age. After Luigi Cherubini’s ‘Les deux journées’, this year’s Festival features Luigi Dallapiccola’s ‘Il prigioniero’. Begun in 1944, this stunning one-act opera has a ‘sympathetic’ dungeon-keeper allow a prisoner to escape, but only into the clutches of the Grand Inquisitor, who then cruelly toys with the prisoner’s hopes. As an affirmative and utopian counterweight to this cryptic fable we present Beethoven’s ‘Third Leonore Overture’.

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