Fidelio 1814? Leonore 1805! – „Nothing feels too long“
We proudly present a gem from the Breitkopf & Härtel opera catalogue: Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera in its 1805 first version, the work still called Leonore and going back not only in plot but also in title to a French Revolution opera
The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra’s semi-staged production directed by René Jacobs (“With the right tempi, nothing feels too long”), who decisively recommends the original version, has recently triggered discussion of Leonore 1805 so competently, timely, and so exceedingly internationally on the seven-concert tour of six countries, that further creative responses will certainly not fail to materialize during the Beethoven Year 2020. In the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” Achim Heidenreich testifies to the “unimagined topicality” of the production. Contributing to that will be the music edition from Breitkopf & Härtel. It calls on state-of-the-art research and offers meantime for Leonore 1805 also the mentioned Introduktion WoO 2b. And for all those wanting to follow the tour’s happening but without being present, the good news: Leonore 1805 in its current production is to appear on CD.
For the complete text and more statements by René Jacobs about Leonore 1805 see: Up to Date 1-2018
Photo (Andrea Kremper, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden): Marlis Petersen (Leonore) with the horns of the Freiburger Barockorchester