Semper Fidelio

L.A. Opera’s ‘07/’08 season opens Saturday with Beethoven’s lone opera, “Fidelio.”

Regarding the “astonishingly forceful contemporary production,” music director James Conlon offered the following statement: “Beethoven was often disillusioned with the political events of his time, and was never to realize any lasting personal relationship at all. But he poured this striving for a perfect world and a perfect union into a unique masterpiece in the form of Fidelio. Great moral themes require great moral characters. None is greater than that of the heroine, Leonore. There is no precedent to this ‘modern’ woman who rescues her noble and honest husband, unjustly imprisoned for speaking out against injustice. She exemplifies ingenuity, courage, moral determination, invention, boundless personal devotion and commitment to justice.”

Speaking of Conlon, the L.A. Opera announced Wednesday that Conlon’s contract has been extended through 2011.

“After his outstanding successes here during the 2006/07 season,” said general director Placido Domingo in a release, “his debut season as music director of the company, I am proud that LA Opera’s musical excellence will remain under the exceptional guidance of this world-class artist, and I am delighted that Mr. Conlon’s first operatic music directorship in the U.S., after his many successes in important European positions, has proven a triumph. I am honored that he will continue to play a vital role in the company’s strategy for continued growth in artistic distinction, and thrilled to continue working with him as we approach LA Opera’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.”

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