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Classical music: YOU MUST HEAR THIS – the quartet from Beethoven’s only opera “Fidelio” | July 19, 2013

By Jacob Stockinger

A long and loyal friend of this blog wrote recently:

“I heard this beautiful quartet from “Fidelio,” Beethoven’s only opera, while I was driving out to Spring Green last night — just thought you might enjoy hearing it, too.”

“I’m not that familiar with “Fidelio,” the Loyal Reader continued, so it came as quite a revelation.”

The reader is absolutely right. It is lovely. And not being a big opera fan, it was new to The Ear.

So maybe it will be new to you too.

I hope you enjoy it as much as The Loyal Reader and The Ear. It makes me want to hear a local production of the entire opera by the Madison Opera:

Here is the quartet from Beethoven’s “Fidelio,” in a production from the prestigious and critically acclaimed Glyndebourne Festival that is posted in a YouTube video:


  1. Jacob,

    I’m continually amazed at your and my commonalities. Despite an instrumental/vocal undergrad major, the only thing I’ve really liked about opera is playing the overtures in a competent symphony. I listened to the Fidelio quartet singing and I must admit it was a captivating piece. Of course, how could it not be? Beethoven rarely writes mediocre music. If nothing else, it sure beats getting spit on by Eileen Farrell.

    Larrh Retzack

    Comment by buppanasu — December 24, 2013 @ 2:09 am

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  3. The Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee is opening its 2013-14 season Sept. 20 with a rather unique production of “Fidelio,” although it may not be to all purists’ tastes. Here is a description from the Skylight’s website:

    “Our new Artistic Director, Viswa Subbaraman will open his very first production at Skylight with a unique staging of the tale of Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven. A timeless story that deals with love, freedom, the purity of purpose and of course mistaken identity; Skylight turns this work on its head by setting it as a classic Bollywood film! We will combine Beethoven’s dramatic score with a moving chorus of colorfully dressed Indian dancers on a set designed by the modern artist Raghava KK. The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek will also collaborate with Skylight as we transcend culture, society and ethnicity, ultimately showing we all share similar values. This is certain to be a historic not-to-be-missed season opener!”

    It will be sung in English, too.

    Comment by Michael Muckian — July 19, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    • Hi Mike,
      Thanks for providing a local tie-in that I should have known about but didn’t. The production also sounds intriguingly localized and news-related for an updating.

      Comment by welltemperedear — July 19, 2013 @ 11:44 am

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