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'FIDELIO' (Continued)

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ACT II.
T HE scene is Florestan's dungeon. The prisoner sings a touching song of mingled distress and faith, and then Rocco, with Fidelio to help him, comes to dig the grave.
The wife recognises with emotion her husband's voice, and though she dare not reveal herself, she gives him some bread and wine.
Pizarro enters, determined to make an end of his enemy. He is about to do so when Fidelio interposes, points a pistol at the Governor, and tells him she is Florestan's wife.
At this instant the trumpet-call rings out from the battlements. - The Prime Minister is at hand! Pizzarro hastens away to meet him, and husband and wife join in a glad duet, ' 0 inexpressible joy.'
In the last Scene, Florestan is brought out of his dungeon, and DON FERNANDO (Bass) recog
. nises in him a friend, whom he thought was dead.
Pizarro's punishment is sternly decreed by the Prime Minister, and Leonora removes her husband's chains, amid the rejoicings of the people, who sing the praises of Leonora's wifely courage and devotion.
AS announced in the programme, we .are to hear tonight the newly-discovered version of the Second Leonora Overture.
The form which we know as the Second Overture is really that which was played at the first performance of the Opera. For many years, apparently, a firm of publishers has possessed another copy of this piece, which, we gather, is the one that Beethoven intended as the final form of the Overture.
It is somewhat shorter than the usual version of the Second Leonora, and contains also some alterations, which those interested in this side of the subject can study when the score (which at the moment of writing is in the press) is published.

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