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Critics Reviews

"The contemporary staging emphasizes the modern-day relevance. ... The final scene is the purest expression of hope and joy in opera. ... Love conquers all." -Opus Opera

"A must-see production, superbly cast, stellar musical direction. The whole adds up to a remarkable, moving production which leaves the opera-goer shaken and stirred. Leonore, the heroine, is sung by the great German soprano Christiane Libor, eloquent in every musical line and every gesture. ... The prisoner's two big choruses brought a lump to the throat, first with joy at seeing the sky, and second with unbelieving ecstasy at freedom as families search frantically among them to find husbands, sons, or lovers. ... [Chris] Alexander's direction brought out all the detail, but never with a heavy hand. Beethoven's high-minded music sharpened the contrast, while [Asher] Fisch's musical direction made it all the more compelling." -The SunBreak

"Quite an experience. Masterful soprano Christiane Libor (making her U.S. debut,) is stunning and the storytelling gripping for Beethoven's only opera: a musical treat you shouldn't miss. The German soprano gives the title role both strength and truly convincing emotion with a voice that flows like molten gold through Beethoven's every register change, octave leap and endless phrase. ... This Fidelio is strong on almost all sides. Conductor Asher Fisch guides a responsive, warm-toned Seattle Symphony through Beethoven's glorious score while supporting the emotional thunderclouds. ... A star-studded cast that shines individually and blends beautifully., [including] a terrifically psychotic Greer Grimsley as the evil Don Pizarro and of course Clifton Forbis singing Florestan with his astonishingly deep tenor and heart-wrenching despair. ... The entire cast creates a luscious aural landscape. Over them all soars Libor, with her gutsy low range, perfectly powerful upper notes and fierce conviction. ... By the time the well-discipline chorus and extras flock on stage for the heart-warming liberation, with waves of harmony unfolding like a sunrise, the audience is wrapped in an extended Beethoven bliss that only this opera can achieve, telling a story of love and political justice that never loses its relevance." -The Tacoma News Tribune

"Opera fans love the thrill of discovery. Hearing a great new voice for the first time, and watching a character leap to life if the kind of experience fans cherish. That's what awaited Seattle Opera audiences on Saturday night when the massively talented German soprano Chistiane Libor sang her American opera debut in the title role of Beethoven's only opera. What a brilliant voice! Libor's gleaming, might soprano and passionate, no-holds-barred performance style made for a gripping evening, particularly since she was surrounded by a cast of considerable firepower. ... The evening's hero was a vital force in the orchestra pit. Asher Fisch's powerful and detailed conducting gave the production both propulsive excitement and detailed artistry – from the vivid overture to the joyous finale, which packs the punch of Beethoven's Ninth. ... The production is every bit as timely and effective now as [ever.] This show could be taking place in any number of regimes today. [Chris] Alexander directs all this action with a masterly hand and a keen sense of timing. The finale bristles with hope, loss and joy." -The Seattle Times

Oct. 13 - Oct. 27, 2012

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