The Royal Opera to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary with a new production of ‘Fidelio’

Jonas Kaufmann. Photograph © Gregor Hohenberg

The Royal Opera will mark the worldwide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a fresh new production of the composer’s only opera, Fidelio, running at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 1 to 17 March 2020.

Directed by the exciting German director Tobias Kratzer, the production features a superb cast including German tenor Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan and Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen as Leonore, and the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Royal Opera Chorus, all under the baton of The Royal Opera’s Music Director, Antonio Pappano.

All performances are now sold out, however the production will be screened live from the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 17 March from 7.15pm, with an encore screening on Sunday 22 March at 2pm.



Fidelio tells the uplifting story of Leonore, who disguises herself as a man (Fidelio) in order to rescue her husband Florestan, a political prisoner held by the tyrant Don Pizarro.

Beethoven’s stunning score includes beautiful soul-searching arias for Leonore and Florestan, and one of the most exuberant finales in the whole of the operatic repertory.

Tobias Kratzer’s new staging draws parallels between the ‘Terror’ of the French Revolution and the political crises of our own time, highlighting timeless themes of courage, love and emotional resilience.


For more information on the production, and to book for a ROH Live Cinema screening, please Click Here.

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