Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Lucerne Festival. Summer 2010

Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Claudio Abbado

Peter Mattei Don Fernando
Falk Struckmann Don Pizzaro
Jonas Kaufmann Florestan
Nina Stemme Leonora
Rachel Harnisch Marzelline
Christoph Fischesser Rocco
Christop Strehl Jaquino

Directed by Tatjana Gürbaca
Stage design by Stefan Heyne
Light design by Reinhard Traub

Fidelio is a good opera and Beethoven is my favorite composer. To hear this amazing cast of singers and Mahler Chamber Orchestra conducted by Claudio Abbado is a dream come true. Claudio Abbado has conducted this opera before and he is realy a master of music and when he is conducting his own Mahler Chamber Orchestra you realy are in heaven.
Nina Stemme makes her debut at the Lucerne Festival with an amazing performance as Leonora. She is also a wonderful actress and this combined with her beautiful voice is just wonderful. And in the part of her husband is none other than Jonas Kaufmann. A glorius tenor with a voice that is very dramatic and powerful. A must have for fans of Jonas Kaufmann is a recording from Decca with german arias together with Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Claudio Abbado.
As you can tell by the picture above it was a very dark stage and all the performers were dressed in black. Army uniforms lying on the stage as a pile of laundry.
Above the stage a large white globe used for projection of images.
The problem with this concert version is not the performers it's the set design and the stage direction. It would have been much better if it would have been a concert performance with the singers standing next to each other and not a mile away. The singers should have been given more time with the stage direction. But in the end I ask myself how many times do you get to see singers like this again? Not very often. Even though Peter Mattei appears in the finale he has enough time to show the audience in Lucerne how amazing he is. So in the end it's the performers I will remember from this concert version of Fidelio.

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