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Venue details

Tiroler Landestheater , Rennweg 2, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria

About the work

Ferdinando Paër does not play a leading role in the history of music. But during his lifetime, the Parma-born composer was at the centre of European music life. One year before Beethoven, he set the French theatrical piece "Léonore ou L'Amour conjugal", based on the libretto by Jean Nicolas Bouilly, to music. In the Beethoven anniversary year 2020, the Festival of Early Music will bring Ferdinando Paër’s back to memory again: with his "Leonora" which was performed in Vienna four days before the première of the new version of Beethoven's "Fidelio". More than 200 years later, the Italian "Leonora", long forgotten in contrast to Beethoven's “Leonore”, now reappears at the Festival. A great opera semiseria that, with poignant melodics as typical in Italian tradition and with a gripping dramatic tone, tells the moving story of the courageous Leonora, who disguised as a man works in a state prison as an assistant to help release her husband Florestano, who is locked away in the darkest dungeon by a tyrant and is at death’s door.
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