A production of UNITEL and Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofía", Valencía in co-operation with IME International Music Events
ISBN: A93001722
Tipo de edición: DVD/CD



Fidelio [Grabación audiovisual] D.L. 2006
1 disco (Bluray)
Conducted by Zubin Mehta
Chorus Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
Chorus master Francisco Perales
Orchestra Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana

Don Fernando Carsten Stabell
Don Pizarro Juha Uusitalo
Florestan Peter Seiffert
Leonore Waltraud Meier
Rocco Matti Salminen
Marzelline Ildikó Raimondi
Jaquino Rainer Trost
First prisoner Javier Agulló
Second prisoner Nahuel di Pierro
Staged by Pierluigi Pier'Alli

Directed by Métis Film / Length 135'

A production of UNITEL and Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofía", Valencía in co-operation with IME International Music Events
HDTV 1080
Cat. no. A93001722

Thunderous applause and loud cries of „bravo" greeted the premiere of Ludwig van Beethoven‘s „Fidelio" at the inaugural performance of the first opera season in Valencia‘s new Palau de les Arts on 25 October 2006. Attending the stellar performance in architect Santiago Calatrava‘s breathtaking theater complex was Queen Sofía of Spain, who added to the glamour of the event. With this spectacular production directed by Pierluigi Pier‘Alli, Valencia has put itself back on the map of the international opera world.
Calatrava‘s sweeping structure recalls the organic forms of Catalonia‘s „Modernisme" style. Hints of Gaudì and traces of Gothic arches and nave-like spaces project a feeling of openness and freedom. Not surprisingly, „Fidelio" was chosen to inaugurate the theater‘s main concert hall - an about freedom set in Spain, and in which the contrast between the darkness of Florestan‘s dungeon and the light of justice and love embodied by Leonore is both heard in the music and seen on the stage.
The production by noted Italian director Pierluigi Pier‘Alli (most recently: „Mefistofele" at La Scala under Muti) does full justice to the opera‘s concept with an imaginative treatment of light, projections and digital wizardry. Pier‘Alli himself says that his concept „becomes increasingly symbolic and abstract" as the work progresses.
Dominating the activity on stage are two of today‘s most distinguished German singers, Waltraud Meier (Leonore) and Peter Seiffert (Florestan), who have left their mark above all on the Wagner interpretation of our time. Finnish bass Matti Salminen stamped his forceful character on his role as the jailer Rocco. Under the baton of internationally acclaimed maestro Zubin Mehta, the Orquesta de la Comunitat Valenciana played with fire and precision.
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