Beethoven's Fidelio: BBC Proms 21st July 2017
As Ludwig Van Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio is arguably one of the German composer’s most unique overtures.
Composed as an effort to mark movements of great social and political change throughout nineteenth century Europe, the piece has grown to become a quintessential aspect of both traditional and contemporary culture.
From its initial recital at Vienna’s Theater an der Wien through to being the first opera performed in Berlin following World War II, Fidelio has a rich and vibrant concert history.
One of which is beautifully captured in Collins Classics’ 1989 recording of the London Symphony Orchestra at Walthamstow Town Hall which can be streamed or downloaded here.
Fidelio will be performed tonight at the Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms series. Fancy heading along? Promenading tickets can be purchased here.