BEETHOVEN Fidelio. Christa Ludwig, James King, Walter Berry, Joseph Greindl, Lisa Otto, William Dooley, Martin Vantin, Deutsche Oper Berlin / Artur Rother. Arthaus Musik DVD

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BEETHOVEN Fidelio

Live Recording from The Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1962/1963

Don Pizarro - Walter Berry

Florestan - James King

Leonore - Christa Ludwig

Rocco - Joseph Greindl

Don Fernando - William Dooley

Marzelline - Lisa Otto

Jaquino - Martin Vantin

Deutsche Oper Berlin

Conducted by Artur Rother

Stage Directed by Gustav Rudolf Sellner

Set & Costumes by Wilhelm Reinking

The Deutsche Oper in Berlin had hardly opened on 24th September 1961 before it started preparing to celebrate its 50th anniversary. How was that possible? Had it entered into some sort of time warp? That might indeed have been possible for a theatre that in the past had devoted itself to Richard Wagner’s works. But there was a simpler explanation: the Deutsche Oper Berlin had, in fact, originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus. Thus it was Beethoven’s Fidelio that featured at the opening of the Deutsches Opernhaus in 1912 – and it was also chosen for the anniversary concert on 7th November 1962 that is documented in this DVD.

The conductor of the Deutsche Oper orchestra was a man who had been personally involved in much of the former history of the opera house – Artur Rother. He had joined it in 1934 and in the 28 years leading up to the anniversary, Rother conducted no fewer than 66 premieres. The production was in the hands of theatre director Gustav Rudolf Sellner and his chief set designer Wilhelm Reinking.

Special care was taken in selecting the cast for the anniversary performance. For the four main roles, singers were chosen who already had international experience but were still fresh and vigorous. Christa Ludwig, James King and Walter Berry would also come to be regarded by Metropolitan Opera as ideal interpreters of the two main roles – but not until 1966 and 1971 respectively and Josef Greindl’s Rocco was famous in Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and Berlin.

Sound Format: PCM Mono

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT, JP, Korean

Running Time: 124 mins

Region Code: 0

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