An Opera by Beethoven
Conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
Directed by Alberto Arvelo
Co-Produced by Deaf West Theatre
(DJ Kurs, Artistic Director)
May 16 - 17, 2024 (Los Angeles)
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The innovative semi-staged production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, created for both Deaf and hearing audiences, was called an “outright breakthrough for opera” by the Los Angeles Times when it was performed in 2022. With a story told through the composer’s music sung by hearing vocalists and the expressive gestural poetry of sign language by Deaf actors, the performances explore the search for communication—both primal and sublime—that is at the heart of all artistic expression.
Premiered in 1805 as Beethoven was reckoning with his own Deafness, Fidelio is a tale of triumph over oppression as the noblewoman Leonore goes undercover to daringly rescue her husband from political imprisonment. Dudamel conducts the LA Phil and a star-studded cast in a groundbreaking event co-directed by Alberto Arvelo and Joaquín Solano and produced in collaboration with Los Angeles’ acclaimed Tony Award®-winning Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director, David Kurs) and Venezuela’s Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir.)
This concert includes sung German, supertitles in English, and performed International Sign Language.
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DWT, Artistic Director
Sign Language Choreographer
Redefining what an orchestra can be, the LA Phil is as vibrant as Los Angeles, one of the world's most open and dynamic cities. Led by Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, this internationally renowned orchestra harnesses the transformative power of live music to build community, foster intellectual and artistic growth, and nurture the creative spirit.
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Deaf West’s collaborative involvement on FIDELIO is made possible through the generous support of our partners Lloyd E. Rigler - Lawrence E Deutsch Foundation, Kenneth Mikos, Mark Fruend and Trice Koopman, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Perenchio Foundation, California Community Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Green Foundation and The Edward A. & Ai O. Shay Family Foundation, as well as our 2024 season sponsors, California Arts Council, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.