May 22, 2003
'Fidelio' There's one more chance to catch Washington Opera's provocative production of Beethoven's one and only operatic work, Fidelio. As realized by the creative team of director Francesca Zambello, set designer Peter J. Davison and costume designer Anita Yavich, this tale of good and evil, repression and freedom has been updated to a vaguely contemporary time and place, with potent resonances of Nazi and Stalinist eras. The story line remains intact. To rescue political prisoner Florestan, his wife, Leonore, disguises herself as a man and gains access to his cell just in time to thwart his execution.