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22nd February 2020


Performance Ends 9:45pm

23rd February 2020


Performance Ends 9:45pm


Pre-Performance Talk: Introduction to the Opera

One hour before each performance, an informative free talk will be given to ticket holders for the performance. The talk will last 25mins approximately and will be given by our host, George Fleeton. No booking is necessary and will be held in the Carolan Suite. Admission is FREE.

Sung in German with dialogue in English

The National Concert Hall, Dublin
Box Office: +353 (0) 1 417 0000 or


LIBRETTO BY Joseph Sonnleithner, Stephan von Breuning and George Friedrich Treitschke after Jean Nicolas Bouilly’s French libretto Léonore, ou L’Amour conjugal

Fidelio is presented by Lyric Opera, a company premiere, in association with the National Concert Hall’s Beethoven 2020 Series.

  • Set in Seville, Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera FIDELIO tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard named “Fidelio” (the faithful), rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. Florestan, having being falsely imprisoned by the prison Governor Pizarro for two years – has been kept in solitude.

    When the minister comes for a review of the prison, the governor decides that the prisoner must die quickly. Leonore has to dig her own husband’s grave. At the moment of greatest danger, a trumpet signal announces that rescue is at handThis is a story of personal sacrifice, heroism, and eventual triumph.

    With its underlying struggle for liberty and justice mirroring contemporary political movements in Europe and the world, such a work is redolent of the very world we live in.

Sinead Campbell Wallace


Samuel Sakker


Gyula Nagy

Don Pizzaro

Mikhail Svetlov


Rachel Croash


Patrick Hyland


Felix Kemp

Don Ferrando

Toby Purser


Vivian J. Coates


Richard McGrath

Chorus Master

Blanaid Murphy

Choral Director
The Carlow Choral Society