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Bucharest
Opera project:
Fidelio bist Du!

Fidelio bist DU! (Bucharest)
Fidelio bist DU! (Bucharest) | Photo (detail): © Maria Bălănean

In a participatory educational project, Cathy Milliken and Robert Lehmeier are developing a contemporary take on Beethoven's only opera “Fidelio”. 

Beethoven's opera “Fidelio” is based on a profoundly humanistic concept: What makes a person a person? One of the key lines in the opera is “Wer du auch seist, ich will dich retten!” – “Whoever you may be, I will rescue you!”. This expression of empathy and solidarity seems more morally imperative than ever today. Cathy Milliken and Robert Lehmeier take this line as a starting point for an opera project involving children and teenagers from Romania. Young Romanian composers and librettists are working with them to develop a contemporary idiom for Beethoven's humanist ethos, an expressive idiom that meshes with the thoughts and passions of Romania’s next generation.

Workshops:

  • November 2019 and February 2020

Planned performances:

  • 12 Novemer 2020: Goethe-Institut Bukarest

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