#BeethovenBirthday

By Perry G. Wed, December 16, 2015

Happy Birthday to Beethoven! The venerable composer would’ve turned 245 today. Now, what better way to celebrate #beethovenbirthday than to revisit our summer performance of the South Philadelphia-based Atlantic Coast Opera Festival's free cameo matinee of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio?

The free concert drew around 200 people and featured some superb voices, as well as a 24-piece orchestra that spilled out into the audience. Take a look:

Pizarro's Aria: "Ha! Welch Ein Augenblick" ("Ha! What a Look") excerpted from Fidelio's Act I, interpreted by bass-baritone Junhee Han

Marzelline's Aria: "O wär' ich schon mit dir vereint" ("O Were I Already Married to You") excerpted from Fidelio's Act I, interpreted by soprano Keesun Kwon

The Library holds these arias, as well as the entire opera, in a variety of formats: Get it from us on CD, on vinyl, in score (if you're an opera singer, ask a librarian if we have any Fidelio in any of our collections of arias), or in libretto, or stream it from Classical Music Database, one of our much-higher-quality-than-Youtube streaming services, with liner notes and extensive personnel lists.

Beethoven's Fidelio, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra:

Hungry for more free concerts? Our Mysterious Travelers Jazz Series continues this month, with Anthony DeCarlo performing on Monday, December 28.

Beethoven Lithograph from the Free Library's Print and Picture Collection - Jackson Collection of American Lithographs.  Image no: pdcj00093
Beethoven Lithograph from the Free Library's Print and Picture Collection - Jackson Collection of American Lithographs. Image no: pdcj00093
Soprano Keesun Kwon and Bass-Baritone Junhee Han
Soprano Keesun Kwon and Bass-Baritone Junhee Han
Soprano Keesun Kwon and Bass-Baritone Junhee Han
Soprano Keesun Kwon and Bass-Baritone Junhee Han

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