Center for the Arts Presents Fidelio

Posted: March 26, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Virginia Opera concludes its 2003-04 season in Fairfax with Fidelio, Beethoven’s eloquent salute to freedom and condemnation of oppression. This Virginia Premiere Series production is directed by Lillian Groag, with set design by Michael Ganio in his Virginia Opera debut. Maestro Peter Mark conducts all performances. The production is sung in German with English translations projected above the stage. Performances are Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 4, at 2 p.m.

Returning to the stage after collaborating together in Virginia Opera’s 2002 production of Wagner’s Die Walk├╝re are Thomas Rolf Truhitte as Florestan, Susan Marie Pierson as Leonore, and Charles Robert Austin as Rocco. Making their Virginia Opera debuts are Serena Benedetti as Marzelline and Derrick Parker as Don Pizarro.

Between the first and final versions of his only opera, Beethoven was composing many of his greatest works, even as the world recoiled from a Napoleonic vision which incorporated raw aggression and tyranny. This Virginia Opera production honors Beethoven’s original vision in this homage to freedom with its insightful casting, innovative staging, and Mark’s always highly praised conducting.

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, is held 45 minutes prior to the curtain in the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are $42-$78. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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