Fidelio bist Du!
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 ten young composers and librettists from Romania. Together they are developing a contemporary idiom for Beethoven's humanist ethos, an expressive idiom that meshes with the thoughts and passions of Romania’s next generation.
- November 2019 and February 2020