"Fidelio: The Holocaust Memorial Production" is a Polish-Norwegian production organised with the cooperation of Ludwig van Beethoven Association and Oslo Musikkakademi ANS. The storyline of Beethoven's "Fidelio" is shifted to the grim realities of the Second World War, while the composer's music becomes the background to the story of inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp...
"Fidelio: The Holocaust Memorial Production" is a Polish-Norwegian production organised with the cooperation of Ludwig van Beethoven Association and Oslo Musikkakademi ANS
Fidelio is is Beethoven's only opera, telling the story of two lovers, Leonore and Florestan, whose love is put to the test. Through this work Beethoven wanted to, above all, transmit an idea which he held in his whole life that humankind's natural craving for freedom can defeat tyranny and oppression. This is why the storyline, despite the original version being set in Spain at the end of the 18th century, can be shifted to a time and venue of choice. This is what has happened in the case of the Fidelio: In Memory of the Holocaust project, where the opera's set design evokes the grim realities of the Second World War, while Beethoven's music becomes the background to the story of inmates of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp.
In the five performances (the one at Kraków's Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
following others in Wrocław, Lublin, Warsaw and Łódź) appearing alongside the Polish soloists, Katarzyna Hołysz in the role of Leonore disguised as Fidelio or Przemysław Firek as Rocco, will be singers from Latvia, Germany and Spain. The direction has been entrusted to Julia Pevzner (Israel), who in this production of Fidelio, apart from the traditional elements has also decided to utilise multimedia animations, films and photographs. The musical direction of the Beethoven Academy Orchestra and Polish Radio Choir has been taken up by Piotr Sułkowski.
Adam Łucki is the stage designer. He is known for his work for numerous theatre and opera performances in Kraków.
Fidelio: In Memory of the Holocaust will be performed in the following five cities:
- November 22 at Wrocław's Opera House
- November 26 at Lublin's Musical Theatre
- November 28 at Warsaw's Dramatic Theatre
- November 29 in Łódź, at the Grand Theatre
- December 6 at Kraków's Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
Source: Press release, www.beethoven.org.pl