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Fidelio at the Merlin

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The Merlin Theatre will be screening the London Royal Opera House production of Fidelio on Tuesday 17th March at 7.15pm.

Organisers say, “At £16 (concessions £10.50), this ROH screening has to be one of the best bargains in town for music lovers, when tickets to the live production range from £77 to £430! So support your local theatre and see world-class performances here!

“Beethoven’s only opera is a masterpiece, an uplifting story of risk and triumph. In this new production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him.

“Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime.

“The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope.

“Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.

“The opera is sung in German with English subtitles and the running time is approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes.”

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