by Ludwig van Beethoven
Directed by Peter Pawlik
Opera in two acts. Debut performance of Beethoven’s only opera: 1805.
As many other works, it has been revised a few times, and its title was at first “Leonore“. In its third and last version (with an overture in E-flat major) it was staged in 1814. Beethoven did not choose to employ new dramatic stuctures here. The special status of this opera comes from the moving, profoundly human story and the quality of the music.
»Everything is happening inside high bar fences (stage design: Johannes Leitgeb), inside a maximum security prison closed even to its audience side…«
Alfelder Zeitung, 2001
»Beyond the ’iron’ there is no romantic prison idyll, with the well-known warder living room and the ironing young daughter, but a forecourt to hell: high iron bar walls all around. They allow for a look at the sparse supply den (stage design: Johannes Leitgeb), which is part of a penitentiary featuring mass desinfections, discipline enforcement and chains.«
Hildesheim Allgemeine Zeitung, 2001
2nd Act – in prison
Final scene and the press