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“Already inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this “Fidelio” is now permeated with it, and the adaptation is even more powerful.” —The New York Times
“I was blindsided by its impact.” —The New Yorker
“ingenious” —The Wall Street Journal
“Fearless work” —BroadwayWorld
When activist Stan is wrongfully incarcerated, his wife Leah infiltrates the system in disguise to free him. Heartbeat Opera’s moving reinterpretation of Beethoven’s Fidelio finds Leah (originally Leonore) and Stan (originally Florestan) in the context of the national movement for Black lives.
This imaginative 90-minute adaptation features a cast of five singers, seven instrumentalists, and a recorded chorus of more than 100 incarcerated singers and 70 outside volunteers from six prison choirs in four states across the Midwest.
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Sung in German with English supertitles, with spoken English dialogue.