Fidelio performances will be carried out in accordance with current safety guidelines. Face masks are mandatory and a two-metre safe distance between seats is ensured. Contrary to preliminary information, there is no interval in the performance. For additional information, see Tapiola Sinfonietta webpage. (Updated 19 August 2021).
Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, is an ode to love, hope, and freedom.Show more
Beethoven composed Fidelio two centuries ago at a time when the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars had driven the nation into disarray. Today, we live in a world in which opinions masquerade as facts, and truth itself has become dangerous. Probing or resisting it takes courage and wisdom.
Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has restricted personal freedoms and decreased social interaction. Set in a prison near Seville, Fidelio is a timeless portrayal of use and abuse of power, but it also offers a vision of selfless love, and of a world in which humane justice ultimately prevails.
Composed two centuries ago, its timeless portrayal of use and abuse of power hits home. And yet, Fidelio keeps faith in mankind and in wisdom; Sami Luttinen’s prison guard Rocco stands tall as the opera’s central character. The acclaimed conductor Okko Kamu conducts Tapiola Sinfonietta, the Organ Night & Aria Festival choir, and a cast featuring some of Finland’s most celebrated stars of opera stage.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio
Libretto Josef Sonnleithner (based on Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s text)
Conductor Okko Kamu
Director Erik Söderblom
Assistant Director Jaakko Kiljunen
Choir Master Erkki Korhonen
Répétiteur Erkki Korhonen
Lighting Design Jarkko Lievonen
Dress Design Elina Vättö & Jenni Nykänen
Make Up Susana Martinez
Set Design Erik Söderblom
Translations Erik Söderblom
Soloists Silja Aalto, Rolf Broman, Saara Kiiveri, Johan Krogius, Ilmari Leisma, Sami Luttinen, Jussi Myllys, Ilkka Vihavainen, Henri Uusitalo
Organ Night & Aria Festival festival choir, Tapiola Sinfonietta
Partners: Espoon Cultural Centre
Empty Chairs Exhibition
The Finnish PEN organizes an exhibition in connection with the Fidelio Opera. The Empty Chairs Exhibition highlights the situations of imprisoned and persecuted writers and journalists from around the world, for example in Belarus, Myanmar, China and Turkey. In addition, the exhibition presents the history of freedom of speech in Finland, as well as significant moments in PEN’s own history from 1928 onwards.
Exhibition in Gallery Ahjo at Espoo Cultural Centre 23 – 29 August 2021.
approx. 2 h, no intermission
German, with surtitles in Finnish