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Welsh National Opera presents Fidelio


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By Beethoven.

This new production by Harry Kupfer, one of Europe's leading opera producers, caused something of an outcry when it was first staged in Cardiff last month.

The Daily Telegraph complained in a leading article that the work had been used for 'political sport', and that Kupfer had indulged in a piece of Marxist polemic. Tonight viewers can judge for themselves in this special television recording of the controversial production.


Producer: Harry Kupfer
Text by: Georg Friedrich Treitschke
English version by: Nicholas Payne
Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, leader: John Stein
Chorus of the Welsh National Opera, chorus master: Julian Smith
Conducted By: Richard Armstrong
Introduced By: Humphrey Burton
Designer: Wilfried Werz
Lighting: John Waterhouse
For: the BBC:
Sound: Harry Thomas
Lighting: Len Stephens
Producer: Vincent Dowdall
Director: Peter Butler
Marzelline: Helen Field
Jaquino: Richard Morton
Rocco: Stafford Dean
Leonore: Anne Evans
Don Pizarro: Richard van Allan
First prisoner: Ralph Mason
Second prisoner: Peter Massocchi
Florestan: Dennis Bailey
Don Fernando: Phillip Joll

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Welsh National Opera presents Fidelio

BBC Two England, 10 October 1981 19.30

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