Why Fidelio? Why now? 

Birmingham Opera Company's production of Beethoven's 'Fidelio', a story of personal, political and social lockdown, was originally transmitted to celebrate the launch of BBC4 in 2002 and won The South Bank Show Award for Opera.

Fidelio takes place in a gigantic circus tent pitched in the grounds of Aston Hall. Over 200 volunteers took part as actors or in the chorus. Participating in the incredible sound world of Beethoven's only opera, they shared and performed their own imprisonments - and experienced freedom. 

This year, as part of World Opera Day hosted by Opera Europa, OperaVision and Ópera Latinoamérica, and Beethoven's 250th anniversary celebrations, OperaVision are streaming the production for the next 4 months - for free! Catch it below! 

You can find out more about the making of Fidelio in the Past Productions Blog

How does Fidelio speak to us today? 

This is the question that Birmingham Opera Company, the team behind a new animated opera WALPURGIS and Garsington Opera discussed together in a live conversation 'Following Fidelio' hosted by theatre/opera director Gitika Buttoo.

The conversation was streamed live on Saturday 24th October, just before the launch of our live stream of our 2002 production 'Fidelio'. 

Missed it? You can catch it below, on demand, for free! 

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