Elza van den Heever and Russell Thomas headlining “Fidelio” at the San Francisco Opera

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The San Francisco Opera will continue its season with Beethoven’s “Fidelio”.

The company will present a new production by Matthew Ozawa that modernizes its original 18th century prison setting into a modern government detention center. Music director Eun Sun Kim directs the opera which stars Elza van den Heever as Leonore, Russell Thomas, Greer Grimsley, James Creswell and Soloman Howard.

For the first time in the history of San Francisco opera, performances of the work will be broadcast live on October 14, 17 and 20.

Speaking on the concept for his new production, Ozawa noted, “At the heart of ‘Fidelio’ is the heroism of a woman, a vision for the modern age, including the personal sacrifice to free her husband from unjustified imprisonment results in the release of all those imprisoned. Beethoven’s groundbreaking opera remains as relevant today as the many times it served as a symbol of hope for generations of people afflicted by forms of oppression. Our new production embraces the emotionally deep music of Beethoven while viewing opera through a modern lens. My hope is that the experience of this opera not only helps us shed light on injustice, but reminds us that we too have the power to be agents of change.

“Fidelio” opens October 14 and runs through October 30 with a total of six performances.