A Note on Opera: Beethoven's "Fidelio"

Nov 13, 2017 6:30 PM | Atlanta, GA

Notenblatt Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / Bildagentur-online / Klein) Join us for November's 'A Note on Opera' lecture when we'll take a look at Beethoven's only opera "Fidelio" in commemoration of the 190th anniversary of his passing.

Composing for the stage caused Beethoven no end of difficulty, making "Fidelio" his most valued "child." Composed during Beethoven's "Middle Period," its score is in the same spirit as both his Symphony No. 3 (the "Eroica") and Symphony No. 5.

"Fidelio" has inspired generations living under authoritarian regimes. This legacy as the voice of resistance is the basis for most any production. Honoring the opera's setting in Seville, currently predominating are productions set in Franco's Spain.

"Fidelio" also solidified a trajectory for specifically "German opera": the redemptive power of conjugal love.

To be taught in English by David Kerr

No pre-existing musical knowledge required.

Admission: $20.00 members, $25.00 non-members

Please use this link to register in advance for this course session.

Goethe-Zentrum / German Cultural Center
1197 Peachtree Steet NE
Colony Square, Suite 561
Atlanta, GA 30361-2401

A Note on Opera

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