Ludwig van Beethoven composed Fidelio over two hundred years ago. The theme and story of this opera is like an extension of a news broadcast, yet timeless depiction of the use and abuse of power at the same time. The performance trusts in human wisdom: in the middle of it all stands Rocco, performed by Matti Salminen. Okko Kamu conducts Tapiola Sinfonietta and some of the best soloists of our country.
We live in a time where opinions turn into truth and truth has become dangerous. But dangerous to whom? Somewhere, in the dark, there is a monster lifting its head. It demands courage to stand against it. This is what Fidelio is all about: courage, civilian bravery. It’s about how we, each of us, can resists the arbitrary powers targeted to us. In Fidelio, the justice finally wins and that’s why it’s all about hope as well.
Okko Kamu, conductor
Erik Söderblom, director
Don Fernando, Ilkka Vihavainen
Don Pizzarro, Rolf Broman
Florestan, Jussi Myllys
Leonore, Silja Aalto
Rocco, Matti Salminen
Marzeline, Saara Kiiveri
Jaquino, Markus Nykänen
1st prisoner, Johannes Vatjus
2nd prisoner, Henri Uusitalo
Urkuyö ja Aarian festival choir
Light design: Jarkko Lievonen
Costume design: Elina Vättö
Set design: Erik Söderblom
Libretto: Josef Sonnleithner (based on Jean-Nicolas Bouillyn work), translated to Finnish: Erik Söderblom
Tue 24th August at 19
Thu 26th August at 19
Sat 28th August at 16
Espoo Cultural Centre, Tapiola hall
Introductory talks at Tue and Thu at 18 and Sat at 15.
Tickets 25–79 € + delivery fee (from EUR 1 at Lippu.fi)
Only one and two person seats are booked in Tapiola Hall.
In the event of cancellation, the ticket money will be returned.
Co-produced by Organ Night & Aria Festival, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Espoo City Theatre.