Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Libretto by  Joseph Sonnleithner

Fidelio was performed at Cincinnati Opera in 2016. The season's performances of this opera have concluded.

Sung in German with projected translations
Approximate running time: 2 hours, 30 minutes, including one intermission

When wrongfully imprisoned and condemned to a certain death, Florestan has but one hope left: his adoring wife, Leonore.

It took a decade for Beethoven to complete his only opera, and his fierce musical genius permeates this thrilling ode to freedom, featuring soaring arias, heart-pounding choruses, and a glorious, uplifting finale. Our new production transports the opera to the present, connecting the story to an ongoing struggle for justice that “could be taking place in any number of regimes today” (Seattle Times).

Starring as Leonore is celebrated soprano Christine Goerke, who brings her “blazing soprano” of “gale-force power and sheen” (Wall Street Journal) to the heroic title role. She’s joined by stentorian tenor Russell Thomas, who offers singing of “ardent expression and spine-tingling high notes” (Cincinnati Enquirer) as Florestan.


The Wall Street Journal
"…the superb Russell Thomas held nothing back in his big aria, his clarion tenor rising inexorably to the desperate cry…" Read the review.

Chicago Tribune
"Thomas [steals] the show with Florestan’s showpiece aria, his firm and ample heldentenor opening up with thrilling, clarion power on top." Read the review.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"A superb cast, Beethoven’s sublime musical score, and inventive staging by Chris Alexander made for a riveting evening." Read the review.

"Fidelio, conducted by Jun Märkl and starring Christine Goerke and Russell Thomas, was musically stupendous — world-class throughout." Read the review.

Jay Harvey Upstage
"Christine Goerke was a stupendous Fidelio/Leonore, with significant heft in all registers...her thrilling soprano blended well with the soaring tenor of Russell Thomas as Florestan, whose appearance opening Act 2 had all the heroism and pathos one could want." Read the review.

Seen and Heard International
"This third production of Cincinnati Opera's 2016 season is a another triumph." Read the review.

Cast & Creative Team

Nmon Ford   Don Pizarro

Nmon Ford
Don Pizarro


Leonore  Christine Goerke
Florestan  Russell Thomas
Don Pizarro  Nmon Ford
Rocco  Nathan Stark
Marzelline  Laura Tatulescu
Don Fernando  Daniel Sutin
Jacquino  Thomas Blondelle

Conductor  Jun Märkl
Stage Director  Chris Alexander
Scenic Designer  Robert Dahlstrom
Costume Designer  Rebecca Senske
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Hair & Makeup Designer  James Geier
Chorus Master  Henri Venanzi

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