Ludwig van Beethoven

New Teatro alla Scala Production


Teatro alla Scala Orchestra and Chorus 


From 7 to 23 December 2014

Running Time: 2 hours 50 minutes intermission included

Sung in German with electronic libretto in Italian, English, German

Notes on the performancesOpen 
A tribute to marriage coming from a bachelor is a tad suspicious. But for Beethoven the idealization of the woman-bride was heartfelt and sincere. It has always been a unique opera starring a courageous wife who wows audiences. Fidelio is a moral title, associated with the ideals of liberty of the French Enlightenment. Nobility and commoners are united in their thirst for justice against the oppression of power. For once the faithful consort of a desaparecido wins her battle against a treacherous tyrant, and the collective joy truly is “nameless”, as is sung on the stage. Especially because the “our heroes to the rescue” finale is recounted by the triumphant symphonic flair of the quintessential musician. Beethoven really does bring the world to collapse at the conclusion of this opera, which begins like a delightful little comedy, but which scales and transcends all the summits of the dramatic-musical art. Daniel Barenboim has spent a lifetime examining every note of Beethoven and his maturity unquestionably holds some thrilling and touching surprises in store for us. Great anticipation for the choices of the very sophisticated English director Deborah Warner, who charmed audiences a few years ago with a gorgeous production of Britten’s Death in Venice. And the lyrical difficulty of the masterpiece has been overcome, with a cast of eminent names from international lyric opera. The show is included in the"Milan Heart of Europe" program, promoted by the Municipality of Milan during the semester of the Italian Presidency of the EU: no other title could better represent the values and culture of Europe.


Daniel Barenboim
Deborah Warner
Sets and costumes
Chloe Obolensky
Jean Kalman


Don Fernando
Peter Mattei
Don Pizarro
Falk Struckmann
Klaus Florian Vogt; Jonas Kaufmann (10 Dec.)
Anja Kampe
Kwangchul Youn
Mojca Erdmann
Florian Hoffmann
Erster Gefangener
Oreste Cosimo
Zweiter Gefangener
Devis Longo

Due to an indisposition, tenor Klaus Florian Vogt will not sing tonight in "Fidelio". La Scala Theatre thanks Jonas Kaufmann who will perform the role of Florestan.
10 December 2014

Partner of the Opening Night

Main partner

Rolex           BMW           Jti         Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lombardia
Teatro alla Scala