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Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel: Fidelio

Monday June 3, 2024 at 19:30
Barbican Hall, London
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  1. Fidelio Op 72 - Ludwig van Beethoven

Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic give a landmark performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio in which the drama is played out between deaf actors, with recitatives signed rather than sung.

Beethoven experienced hearing loss from a relatively early age and went on to write some of his most astounding music while completely deaf. There can be few more powerful interpretations of his music, then, than by a cast from the Deaf West Theatre company, with the White Hands Choir of Venezuela using their gloved hands to ‘shadow’ the chorus parts. Fidelio is Beethoven’s only opera, and this performance offers audiences the opportunity to engage with the score in an entirely new way.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1991, Deaf West is an artistic bridge between Deaf and hearing worlds, garnering a stunning collection of accolades including no fewer than five Tony Awards. This undertaking was conceived by Dudamel with director Alberto Arvelo to explore this opera’s themes of freedom and the fight to overcome adversity.

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