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Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio



Act 2
finale

Leonore: Christine Brewer
Marzeline: Jenny Grahn
Florestan: Stig Andersen
Jacquino: Timothy Robinson
Don Pizarro: Roderick Earle
Don Fernando: Robert Lloyd
Rocco: Jeremy White

conductor: Bernard Haitink

Royal Opera House
Covent Garden 01-12-1999

Today’s Birthday: GEORGES BIZET (1838) – L’Arlesienne suite No 2: Farandole (March of Three Kings)


Georges Bizet (1838)

A French composer, Bizet became disgusted with the frivolity of French opera and decided to change it. In 1875, his masterpiece,Carmen, premiered. Though its harsh realism repelled many, it eventually won international acclaim and is now one of the most popular operas in history. Sadly, Bizet did not live to see Carmen’s success, dying just months after it premiered. Foul play was initially suspected, but the apparent gunshot wound on his neck was eventually attributed to what? More… Discuss