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Beethovens Fidelio

Beethovens Fidelio

Playing period

02 - 08. November



Playing time

2 h 20 m


100 - 750

As Norway approaches the 200th anniversary of the constitution which declared its independence, Bergen National Opera presents Beethoven's great opera exploring human rights and freedom of speech, in a new production directed by Oskaras Korsunovas.

Beethoven's profound humanity and passion for human freedom resulted in an opera whose music soars beyond even the shining idealism of the plot. Leonore determines to free her husband Florestan, imprisoned for his political beliefs; disguised in male clothes, she seeks work at his prison, and overcoming both physical odds and the intervention of evil, it is Leonore herself who releases Florestan´s chains and returns him to freedom.

The opera is a tour de force for both singers and orchestra, with writing which still astounds our present-day ears with its startling concepts and musical surprises. Here is Beethoven, the true revolutionary, showing us drama, politics, love, obsession and truth in one operatic masterpiece.

Directed by Oskaras Korsunovas, internationally acclaimed for his insightful and dynamic exploration of classic texts and winner of this years Hedda-prize, Norway's most prestigious theatre prize.

Fidelio is a co-production between Bergen National Opera and The Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Fidelio was first performed in Kärntnertortheater in Vienna 23rd May 1814. Read the synopsis here.

The opera lasts 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one break. Introduction in Norwegian by Gunnar Danbolt in the foajé 1 hour prior to the performance, all days.


Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Bergen Philharmonic Choir

Choirmaster: Håkon Matti Skrede

Selected dates

02/11 Saturday 18.00
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04/11 Monday 19.00
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06/11 Wednesday 19.00
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08/11 Friday 19.00
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