5-29 Jun 2024


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Love, revolution and liberty

Liberation opera, revolutionary artwork, an ode to fidelity in love and utopian drama – FidelioBeethoven’s only opera, is all of these things. The numerous characterisations and interpretations add an aura of mystery to the opera but demonstrate above all that it is a unique work of musical theatre that expresses the hope for a humane future with justice and liberty for all.

The stage direction is in the hands of the Ukrainian director Andriy Zholdak. His visual imagery, replete with symbols, is reminiscent of great film directors such as Andrei Tarkovsky and Ingmar Bergman. Using a distinctive style, Zholdak explores the deeper layers of the universal human drama of Fidelio.

Photo: Marta Syrko

Love, revolution and liberty

Fidelio is Leonore. She plunges into an adventure to free her beloved Florestan from the deepest darkness of Pizzaro's dungeons. His tyrannical violence, abuse of power and barbaric behaviour make him one of the most despicable characters in opera history. Indeed, Fidelio’s struggle is a fight to the death. But love brings hope against this backdrop of a corrupt world.

Inspired by a true story from the time of the French Revolution, Beethoven wrote a masterpiece whose characters rise above the banal. The symphonic, almost religious nature of his music adds depth to a story in which powerful emotions and big ideas meet.

A gripping reading

Led by the renowned Colombian-Austrian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will certainly present a gripping reading of Beethoven’s only opera. The dramatically and vocally versatile role of Leonore is performed by the radiant soprano Jacquelyn Wagner. In the role of her lover, the revolutionary Florestan, we hear the internationally acclaimed heldentenor Eric Cutler.

Performance information

Opera in two acts
Sung in German

Libretto  Joseph Sonnleithner

Musical direction  Andrés Orozco Estrada
Stage direction, set and lighting design  Andriy Zholdak
Costume design Andriy Zholdak and Simon Machabeli
Set design Andriy Zholdak and Daniel Zholdak
Video design Etienne Guiol
Video production Malo Lacroix
Dramaturgy  Luc Joosten 

Don Fernando  Mark Kurmanbayev
Florestan  Eric Cutler
Rocco  James Creswell
Don Pizarro  Nicholas Brownlee
Leonore  Jacquelyn Wagner
Marzelline  Anna El-Khashem
Jaquino  Linard Vrielink

James Creswell
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Chorus master  Edward Ananian-Cooper

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Coproduction with Grand Théâtre de  Genève
Part of the Holland Festival

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performs Beethoven’s masterpiece

Ticket prices

Check out the ticket prices per price category via the link below.

Ticket prices

We offer discounts for specific groups in order to make our performances accessible to everyone. Check this page to see if you are eligible for a discount.

Standard CJP | City Pass | 
Youth up to 16
1st € 176,00 € 161,00
2nd € 151,00 € 133,00
3rd € 120,00 € 103,00
4th € 95,00 € 85,00
5th € 64,00 € 56,00
6th € 30,00 € 24,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. Prices exclude € 2,00 booking fee per ticket.

Student discount and Student Alert
Students can take advantage of discounted tickets for performances at Dutch National Opera & Ballet. From 13.00 on the day of the performance, if it is not sold out, you can buy a ticket online for only € 19 (including booking fee). Have your valid student ID card or proof of enrolment ready to show at the door.

For some performances, we are already giving students the opportunity to book with student discounts. Want to stay up to date with our student offers? Sign up for the Student Alert and receive the latest news about offers in your mailbox.

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Andriy Zholdak

Director Andriy Zholdak on Beethoven and Fidelio

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is one of the world’s top orchestras. Since it was founded in 1888, it has worked with leading conductors and soloists. Klaus Mäkelä is the orchestra’s artistic partner and will become its chief conductor in 2027. The orchestra plays around eighty concerts a year in the Concertgebouw and forty in other prestigious venues. It also reaches music lovers around the world with its videos, streaming, radio and TV broadcasts, CDs and DVDs.

Photo: Simon van Boxtel

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Academy of the Concertgebouw Orchestra trains talented young musicians, while accomplished musicians aged 14 to 17 from all over Europe come together in Concertgebouworkest Young. The orchestra has a long tradition of collaboration with Dutch National Opera and can be heard this season in the new production The Shell Trial and in Fidelio


An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance.

Introduction Fidelio by: tba
Location: Souterrain

Powerful emotions and big ideas meet in this symphonic, almost religious, music