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Fidelio 2022Edinburgh International Festival

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It seems astonishing that it is a decade since Fidelio was last heard in Scotland.  That staging, at the 2012 Festival, was not universally admired, and the previous excellent performance was also in concert form (conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras).  It is a notoriously difficult work to bring off.

Edinburgh-born Sir Donald Runnicles has a superb record in presenting great works at the Festival in concert form.  How sad that he has not yet been able to present a fully-staged opera.

The Philharmonia has not been heard in Scotland for some years, and this central work of the Germanic operatic repertoire will suit them beautifully.

The singers are largely unfamiliar.  However it will be good to hear how the Marzelline has developed.  A decade ago the Swiss soprano Kim-Lillian Strebel was a student at the Conservatoire in Glasgow, where she gave a memorable performance as Pamina.  Welcome back.

Sir Willard White, is, of course, a familiar figure, and just the right strong presence required to bring about the satisfactory ending.

Performance Cast

Marzelline Rocco's daughter

Kim-Lillian Strebel

Jaquino Rocco's assistant

Gideon Poppe

Leonore Florestan's wife, disguised as Fidelio

Jennifer Davis

Don Pizarro prison governor

Markus Brück

Florestan a Spanish nobleman

Clay Hilley

Don Fernando the King's Minister

Willard White

Performance DatesFidelio 2022

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

10 Aug, 19.30

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