11th Jul, 2008
The Teatro Pérez Galdós Foundation finishes the season with FIDELIO, the only opera composed by Beethoven
The maestro Pedro Halffter and the scene director José Carlos Plaza put together their artistic abilities to offer the espectacular production which was given birth in the Teatro de Maestranza of Sevilla
The Teatro Perez Galdos Foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will finish the season 2007 – 2008 with a spectacular staging of Fidelio, the only opera composed by the ingenius Ludwig van Beethoven. The production of the Teatro de Maestranza of Sevilla will celebrate its Premiere in Teatro Pérez Galdós coming Wednesday, July 16. There will be two more performances, July 18 and 20 - three ocasions to enjoy an extraordinary spectacle with two prominent headliners: the maestro Pedro Halffter and the scene director José Carlos Plaza.
The producton cast, with the participation of the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria and the Choir of the Asociación de Amigos de Taetro de la Maestranza, includes the following singers Evelyn Hertlitzius (Fidelio-Leonora), Leonid Zakhozaev (Florestán), Reinhard Hagen (Rocco), Jan Buchwald (Don Fernando), Alan Titus (Don Pizarro), Elena de la Merced (Marzelline), Agustín Prunell-Friend (Jaquino), Manuel Gómez Ruiz (1st. prisioner) y Airam de Acosta (2nd. prisioner).
Fidelio, whatever kind version, is always a satisfying experience for everyone who loves Opera and Music in general. In this composition, we discover a site of Beethoven with which he did not identify himself. The reason why Beethoven accepted to compose the music to the original libretto of Josef Sonnleithner was Emanuel Schikaneder, the manager of the Theater an der Wien. He convinced Beethoven with arguments like free himself from beeing held hostage of the sadness and give room to qualities like Freedom, Good and Love. These qualities had shown to advantage in anterior revisions of librettos from Von Breuning and Georg Friedrich Treitschke. In a letter to Treitschke, Beethoven wrote, referring to Fidelio: „This is the work that has caused me more pain in composing than any other. But because of this reason it is also the most loved one and I really think that it will be conserved and that it will persist between the creations of art.“