FIDELIO


I’m in the mood for opera these days, and have been replaying all the old favorites. Here’s one of them: Beethoven‘s one and only opera, which some folks call flawed as operas go and others refer to as his “best symphony.” Not being a musician, I can’t comment on that, but I will say this.  Fidelio is a story of freedom and redemption, justice delayed but finally delivered, and the power of true love, all to the sound of (to me) the greatest dramatic and inspirational musician ever. The story, the music and the singing strike deep. The prisoners’ chorus, O welche Lust (Oh what joy) in Act I never fails to bring tears to my eyes.

This is my favorite recording, with Gabriela Beňačková as Fidelio/Leonora, Josef Protschka as Florestan, and the rest, all fantabulous.

Advertisements

About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
This entry was posted in Music and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s