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Subject: FIDELIO today 230 pm Live BBC PROMS
From: E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:E J Michel <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:16:41 -0400

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The first of three politically charged stage works this season is
Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio – a passionate musical protest against
political oppression, first performed in the wake of the French Revolution.
At its heart is the stirring ‘Prisoners’ Chorus’, a poignant hymn to
freedom and the power of the human spirit.
Australian tenor Stuart Skelton stars as the imprisoned Florestan, with
soprano Ricarda Merbeth as his faithful and resourceful wife Leonore.
Louise Alder, winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize at the 2017
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, sings the role of Marzelline, the jailer’s
Please note that James Creswell replaces Brindley Sherratt in the role of
Rocco for this performance.

Best regards,

E J Michel
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