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Ludwig van Beethoven


Joseph Sonnleithner


First version: 20 November 1805, Wien (Theater an




Fidelio Synopsis


Fidelio Libretto



About the opera Fidelio

Fidelio (Op. 72) is a German opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is Beethoven's only opera. The German libretto is by Joseph Sonnleithner from the French of Jean-Nicolas Bouilly which had been used for the 1798 opera Léonore, ou L'amour conjugal by Pierre Gaveaux, and for the 1804 opera Leonora by Ferdinando Paer (a score of which was owned by Beethoven). The opera tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named "Fidelio", rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison.
Bouilly's scenario fits Beethoven's aesthetic and political outlook: a story of personal sacrifice, heroism and eventual triumph (the usual topics of Beethoven's "middle period") with its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe.
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Roles in Fidelio

Florestan Tenor
Leonore Soprano
Rocco Bass
Marzelline Soprano
Jaquino Tenor
Don Pizarro Bass-Baritone
Don Fernando Bass
Two prisoners Tenor,Bass

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Arias from Fidelio
Duets from Fidelio

Nr.Title sceneOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
2Jetzt Schätzen jetzt sind wir alleinFidelioBeethoven1.02duetT SGermanJaquino/Marzelline
3Der arme Jaquino dauertFidelioBeethoven1.03-1 recitativesopranoGermanMarzelline
4O wäre ich schon mit dir vereintFidelioBeethoven1.03-2 ariasopranoGermanMarzelline
5Guten Tag MarzellineFidelioBeethoven1.04recitativeB S TGermanRocco/Marzelline/Jaquino
6Wie er belastet istFidelioBeethoven1.05recitativeS B T SGermanMarzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
7Mir ist so wunderbarFidelioBeethoven1.06quartetS S B TGermanMarzelline/Leonore/Rocco/Jaquino
8Hat man nicht auch Gold beinebenFidelioBeethoven1.07ariabassGermanRocco
9Ihr könnte das leicht sagenFidelioBeethoven1.08recitativeS B SGermanLeonore/Rocco/Marzelline
10Gut Sönnchen gutFidelioBeethoven1.09recitativeB S SGermanRocco/Marzelline/Leonore
11Ah! er kommt selbst hierherFidelioBeethoven1.10recitativeB B-BrGermanRocco/Pizarro
12Ha! welch ein AugenblickFidelioBeethoven1.11aria,choirbass-baritoneGermanPizarro/Guards
13Jetzt Alter hat es EileFidelioBeethoven1.12recitativeB-Br BGermanPizarro/Rocco
14Abscheulicher wo eilst du hinFidelioBeethoven1.13-1 recitativesopranoGermanLeonore
15Komm HoffnungFidelioBeethoven1.13-2 ariasopranoGermanLeonore
16Ich folg dem innern TriebeFidelioBeethoven1.13-3 ariasopranoGerman
17Aber Marzelline kein WortFidelioBeethoven1.14-1 recitativeS TGermanMarzelline/Jaquino
18Was habt ihr denn wieder zu zankenFidelioBeethoven1.14-2 recitativeB S S TGermanRocco/Leonore/Marzelline/Jaquino
19O welche Lust im freier LuftFidelioBeethoven1.15recitative,choirT B T BGermanTwo prisoners/Two prisoners
20Nun sprecht wie ging esFidelioBeethoven1.16-1 duetS BGermanLeonore/Rocco
21Noch heute noch heuteFidelioBeethoven1.16-2 recitativeB SGermanRocco/Leonore
22Ach Vater eiltFidelioBeethoven1.17recitativeS B T SGermanMarzelline/Rocco/Jaquino/Leonore
23Verwegner Alter welche RechteFidelioBeethoven1.18recitativeS B-Br B TGermanLeonore/Pizarro/Rocco/Jaquino
24Intermezzo 2FidelioBeethoven2instrumentaln/aGermann/a
25In des Lebens FruhlingstagenFidelioBeethoven2.01-2 ariatenorGermanFlorestan
26Wie kalt ist es in diesem GewölbeFidelioBeethoven2.02recitativeS BGermanLeonore/Rocco
27Nur hurtig fortFidelioBeethoven2.03duetB SGermanRocco/Leonore
28Doch spur ich nicht sanft sauselende LuftFidelioBeethoven2.04ariatenorGermanFlorestan
29Euch werde Lohn in bessren WeltenFidelioBeethoven2.05trioB T SGermanRocco/Florestan/Leonore
30Er sterbe doch er soll erst wissenFidelioBeethoven2.06recitative,quartetB-Br T S BGermanPizarro/Florestan/Leonore/Rocco
31Vater Rocco der herr Minister kommtFidelioBeethoven2.07recitativeT B S B-BrGermanJaquino/Rocco/Leonore/Pizarro
32Meine Leonore geliebtes WeibFidelioBeethoven2.08duetT SGermanFlorestan/Leonore
33O namelose FreudeFidelioBeethoven2.09duetS TGermanLeonore/Florestan
34Gute Botschaft ihr armen LeidendenFidelioBeethoven2.10recitativeB T SGermanRocco/Florestan/Leonore
35Heil sei dem Tag heil sei der StundeFidelioBeethoven2.11aria,choirbassGermanFernando
36Wohlan so helfet, helft den ArmenFidelioBeethoven2.12sextetB B B-Br S S TGermanRocco/Fernando/Pizarro/Leonore/Marzelline/Florestan
37Wer ein holdes Weib errungenFidelioBeethoven2.13duet,choir,finaleT SGermanFlorestan/Leonore/The people