The twelfth edition of the Vox Imago series presents Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera. The first version was performed in Vienna in 1805, a few days after French troops occupied the city, while the last dates from 1814, the opening of the Congress of Vienna. The opera’s genesis is inextricably linked to Napoleon and the yearning for freedom that is an essential element of Beethoven’s poetics.
These are the points that are touched on during the visual journey that Elvio Annese, with the collaboration of Roberto San Pietro, takes us on, painting an intimate picture of the composer within his historical context.
As with every issue in the series, in-depth essays provide an overview of the musical, literary, visual and social aspects essential for understanding the work. This year the project again includes an educational section, by Carlo Delfrati, designed for secondary schools.
This is the production of Beethoven’s Fidelio that opened the Teatro alla Scala’s 2014-2015 Season. It was conducted by Daniel Barenboim and directed by Deborah Warner.
Visual Journey by
Elvio Annese and Roberto San Pietro
In collaboration with ipotesICinema
Conductor Daniel Barenboim
Director Deborah Warner
Teatro alla Scala
Daniel Barenboim: Interview
Deborah Warner: Interview Anselm Gerhard: Interviews
Essays by: Fabrizio Della Seta, Michael C. Tusa, Federica Rovelli, Giovanni Guanti, Mario Marcarini, Mauro Barberis, Silvia Lorusso, Roberto Pancheri
Fidelio by Beethoven: listening guide
Beethoven and Opera in Vienna at the turn of the Nineteenth Century
The saga of the three tenors or a witness too accurate to be true?
Synopsis and Libretto
Photos: Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano © Teatro alla Scala