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BEETHOVEN: Fidelio (Hamburg State Opera studio production, 1968) (NTSC)



BEETHOVEN: Fidelio (Hamburg State Opera studio production, 1968) (NTSC)

DVD Clip

Ludwig van Beethoven

Historical Studio Production from Hamburg State Opera, 1968
Sung in German


Florestan - Richard Cassilly
Leonore - Anja Silja
Rocco - Ernst Wiemann
Marzelline - Lucia Popp
Jaquino - Erwin Wohlfahrt
Don Pizarro - Theo Adam
Don Fernando - Hans Sotin

Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
Leopold Ludwig
, conductor

Joachim Hess, TV director
Rolf Liebermann, artistic director


Picture format: NTSC 4:3 (Colour)
Sound format: Mono
Region code: 0
Menu Languages: English, German, French, Spanish
Subtitle Languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 115 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)


  • The latest in this series of vintage Hamburg Opera films focuses on Beethoven's only opera in another staging by Rolf Liebermann, regarded as "one of the most influential figures of the post-war musical scene" (The Independent) and responsible for transforming the fortunes of Hamburg Opera during the 1960s and early 70s.

  • Leonore's "Töt erst sein Weib!", sung by soprano Anja Silja, is just one of many highlights of this studio production, recorded in 1968.

  • The natural staging and unostentatious production allows attention to focus on the strong emotions and great musical moments, and the film offers a sumptuous cast: Anja Silja as Leonore, Lucia Popp as Marzelline, Richard Cassilly as Florestan, Hans Sotin as Don Fernando and Theo Adam as Don Pizarro.


Beethoven, Ludwig van

Sonnleithner, Joseph

Ludwig, Leopold

Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra

Hamburg State Opera Chorus

Adam, Theo; Cassilly, Richard; Marschner, Kurt; Popp, Lucia; Silja, Anja; Sotin, Hans; Wiemann, Ernst; Wohlfahrt, Erwin; Workman, William

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Period: Classical

Catalogue No: 101275

Barcode: 807280127591

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Physical Release: 03/2007

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