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Adroitly staged by director Jürgen Flimm, this production features an outstanding cast of soloists that includes Finnish soprano Camilla Nylund as the loving wife, Leonore, and her alter ego, the young Fidelio. Acclaimed tenor Jonas Kaufmann is her counterpart Florestan, brought back to life by marital love. László Polgár is the jailer Rocco, torn between greed and sympathy, and Alfred Muff is the sinister Don Pizarrog. The Orchestra and Chorus of the Zurich Opera House are conducted in refreshingly unaffected style by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, celebrated for the structural transparency of his interpretations, his intellectual penetration and his emotional understanding of both music and opera plot. © 2016 Read complete review

Barry Bassis
The Epoch Times, July 2016

BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fidelio (Zurich Opera, 2004) (NTSC) 109223
BEETHOVEN, L. van: Fidelio (Zurich Opera, 2004) (Blu-ray) 109224

The production is well acted and sung. As one might expect, Kaufmann is outstanding. His Act 2 aria “Gott! Welch Dunkel hier!” (“God! What darkness here!”) seems to explode from the depths of his soul up to the heavens. This aria is clearly the high point of the performance.

László Polgár is fine as the humane Rocco, while Alfred Muff manages to play Don Pizzaro without resorting to snarling.

Elizabeth Rae Magnuson is a charming Marzelline and Günther Groissböck is a dignified Fernando. Christoph Strehl sings well as Jaquino.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts with authority, and Jürgen Flimm effectively directs a no-nonsense production… © 2016 The Epoch Times Read complete review

Alain Steffen
Pizzicato, April 2016

This must be one of the best ever recorded Fidelio performances. The singers are outstanding, Harnoncourt is a tremendous conductor and the staging, so quite modern, is convincing too. © 2016 Pizzicato

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