prologue by candlelight

By Candlelight: Beethoven’s Fidelio



In celebration of the 250th birthday of composer Ludwig van Beethoven, catch this special 1-hour version of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, performed by a cast of some of Singapore’s finest young singers. Composed in various stages between 1805 and 1814, Fidelio tells the story of Leonore, who disguises herself as the title character in order to infiltrate a prison where her husband has been kept as a political prisoner, in the hopes of rescuing him. Subverting the traditional “rescue opera” of the 18th century with a female lead character, Beethoven’s opera resonates with us today as a portrayal of the triumph of love over injustice in the invisible city that is a prison. 

Performed in German with English surtitles

Leonore: Felicia Teo Kaixin
Florestan: David Charles Tay
Marzelline: Joyce Lee Tung
Jaquino: Jonathan Charles Tay
Pizarro: Alvin Tan
Rocco: David Tao Chen Ming

Director: Moira Loh
Pianist: Pamela Krakauer

This programme is part of

10 – 19 Jan 2020

Over two weekends, The Arts House invites you to celebrate, share and enjoy stories from Singapore and beyond. In conjunction with the Light to Night Festival, this year's Prologue will turn this historic space into an intimate gathering of words through multidisciplinary performances, installations, and interactive activities. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, embark on a journey away from the bustle of the Civic District through urban landscapes of cities new and old, past and present, real and imagined.

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