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One of the greatest and most radical composers of all time. A tormented genius, who went deaf in later life and never heard his final works. His nine symphones are probably his greatest achievement, each one an unrivalved masterpiece, but he also wrote 5 piano concertos, piano sonatas, string quartets and one opera, Fidelio.

The Royal Opera House makes a belated contribution to the last year’s proliferation of specially conceived online music-theatre pieces, with eight free to view “experimental experiences”. Ludwig van Beethoven. Joseph Sonnleithner. Find The Metropolitan Opera on Facebook (opens new window) Find The Metropolitan Opera on Twitter (opens new window) Find The Metropolitan Opera on Instagram (opens new window) Find The Metropolitan Opera on Instagram (opens new. Here we have Beethoven's 'Fidelio,' his only opera. The approach is this: First, there is a short introduction to the social, artistic, and political background of the composition of the opera and its story. Then - using Naxos recordings of the opera, in this case their wonderful recording of Fidelio really one of the best available, in my. Ludwig van Beethoven (German pronunciation: ( listen); baptized 17 December 1770 - 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.

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About the composer Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (German pronunciation: ( listen); baptized 17 December 1770 - 26 March 1827) was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven moved to Vienna in his early 20s, studying with Joseph Haydn and quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. His hearing began to deteriorate in his late twenties, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.
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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Mir ist so wunderbarPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.06Type: quartetVoice: S S B TLanguage: GermanRoles: Marzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
2Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!Popularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.01-1Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Florestan
3Abscheulicher wo eilst du hinPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-1 Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Leonore
4Ha! welch ein AugenblickPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.11Type: aria,choirVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: GermanRoles: Pizarro
5Hat man nicht auch Gold beinebenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.07Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco
6O wär ich schon mit dir vereintPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.03-2 Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Marzelline
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7Komm HoffnungPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-2 Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Leonore
8Heil sei dem Tag heil sei der StundePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.11Type: aria,choirVoice: bassLanguage: GermanRoles: Fernando

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9Wer ein holdes Weib errungenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.13Type: duet,choir,finaleVoice: T SLanguage: GermanRoles: Florestan/Leonore
10In des Lebens FruhlingstagenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.01-2 Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Florestan
11Nur hurtig fortPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.03Type: duetVoice: B SLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco/Leonore
12Ach Vater eiltPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.17Type: recitativeVoice: S B T SLanguage: GermanRoles: Marzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
13Jetzt Alter hat es EilePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.12Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br BLanguage: GermanRoles: Pizarro/Rocco
14Er sterbe doch er soll erst wissenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.06Type: recitative,quartetVoice: B-Br T S BLanguage: GermanRoles: Pizarro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco
15Euch werde Lohn in bessern WeltenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.05Type: trioVoice: B T SLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco/Florestan/Leonore
16O namelose FreudePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.09Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: GermanRoles: Leonore/Florestan
17Der arme Jaquino dauertPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.03-1 Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles: Marzelline
18Guten Tag MarzellinePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.04Type: recitativeVoice: B S TLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco/Marzelline/Jaquino
19Wohlan so helfet, helft den ArmenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.12Type: sextetVoice: B B B-Br S S TLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco/Fernando/Pizarro/Leonore/Marzelline/Florestan
20Verwegner Alter welche RechtePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.18Type: recitativeVoice: S B-Br B TLanguage: GermanRoles: Leonore/Pizarro/Rocco/Jaquino
21Noch heute noch heutePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.16-2 Type: recitativeVoice: B SLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco/Leonore
22Aber Marzelline kein WortPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.14-1 Type: recitativeVoice: S TLanguage: GermanRoles: Marzelline/Jaquino
23O welche Lust im freier LuftPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.15Type: recitative,choirVoice: T BLanguage: GermanRoles: Two prisoners
24Intermezzo 2Popularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: GermanRoles:
25Doch spur ich nicht sanft sauselende LuftPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.04Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: GermanRoles: Florestan
26Vater Rocco der herr Minister kommtPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.07Type: recitativeVoice: T B S B-BrLanguage: GermanRoles: Jaquino/Rocco/Leonore/Pizarro
27Ich folg dem innern TriebePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.13-3 Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: GermanRoles:
28Gute Botschaft ihr armen LeidendenPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 2.10Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: GermanRoles: Rocco/Florestan/Leonore
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29Nun sprecht wie ging esPopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.16-1 Type: duetVoice: S BLanguage: GermanRoles: Leonore/Rocco
30OverturePopularity: Opera: FidelioComposer: BeethovenAct: 1.01Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: GermanRoles:
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    …revival of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio in Vienna that same year. Both roles brought her tremendous acclaim. Indeed, she is often credited with much of the success of the revival of Fidelio, which had not been well received in its premiere.

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  • In Ludwig van Beethoven: Beethoven and the theatre

    …also belongs his one opera, Fidelio, commissioned for the winter season of 1805. The play concerns a wife who disguises herself as a boy in order to rescue her husband, imprisoned for political reasons; in setting this to music, Beethoven was influenced by Ferdinando Paer and by Luigi Cherubini, composer…

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  • In opera: Viennese masters

    >Fidelio (1805, revised 1806 and 1814) rose above the limitations of its singspiel genre, becoming something bigger and grander. The libretto (by Joseph Sonnleithner, after Jean-Nicolas Bouilly), inspired by French Revolutionary-era literature, has never satisfied anyone entirely, and some of the vocal lines seem more…

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