Tue 24.08.2021 19.00 - 21.30


Espoo Cultural Centre - Kulttuuriaukio 2, 02100 Espoo

Beethoven’s Fidelio is an opera for our time. Although composed over 200 years ago, its timeless portrayal of use and abuse of power hits home. And yet, Fidelio keeps faith in mankind and in wisdom; Matti Salminen’s prison guard Rocco stands tall as the opera’s central character. The accomplished conductor Okko Kamu conducts Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Organ Night & Aria Festival choir, and a cast featuring some of the most celebrated stars of the opera stage.

Fidelio is the most famous ‘rescue opera’ (German Rettungsoper, French opéra à sauvetage) – a genre that prominently features both romantic love and acts of heroism. In Beethoven’s hands, however, these themes are elevated into a paean to democratic ideals.

In our post-truth era, opinions are routinely presented as facts, and opposing such facts takes fortitude and courage. Fidelio is a story about valour. Proclaiming civil courage, it demonstrates strategies of resistance against arbitrary control and surveillance. In Fidelio, justice prevails, and the opera thus carries a message hope.

Political prisoner. Secrecy. Special court. Frisking. Surveillance. Enforcement. Control. Special forces. Defence industry. Trolls. State apparatus. Manipulation. Extrajudicial decisions. Detention. Fake news. Border control. Turning away. Security service. Data leak. Monopoly of violence. Roadblock.

Dark words, like storm clouds on the horizon. Where art thou headed, world?

Libretto: Josef Sonnleithner (based on Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s text)

Conductor: Okko Kamu

Director: Erik Söderblom

Lighting Design: Jarkko Lievonen

Dress Design: Elina Vättö

Choir Master: Erkki Korhonen

Répétiteur: Erkki Korhonen

Set Design: Erik Söderblom

Translations: Erik Söderblom

Soloists: Ilkka Vihavainen, Rolf Broman, Jussi Myllys, Silja Aalto, Matti Salminen, Saara Kiiveri, Markus Nykänen

Organ Night & Aria Festival festival choir, Tapiola Sinfonietta

Duration 2 h 30 min, incl. intermission

Performed in German, surtitles in Finnish, Swedish and English

Espoo Cultural Centre, Tapiola Hall
Organ Night & Aria Festival, Tapiola Sinfonietta, Espoo City Theatre
Liput 79/69/25 € + delivery fee (from €1), lippu.fi