Without disguise

Charlotte Seither’s dialogue opera “Fidelio schweigt” for Gelsenkirchen

Charlotte Seither calls her work “Fidelio schweigt” a “dialogue opera”, and enters into a productive exchange with Beethoven’s opera: the main role is Leonore, who takes her destiny and events in hand. With the librettist and director Hermann Schneider, the composer places the emphasis on Leonore, whose disguise as a man has become obsolete. The plot begins with the second act, with four main characters. In Seither’s dialogue opera, Beethoven’s music is heard in the original. However, she places “clear vertical cuts into which I have inserted my own music. It was important to me that both Beethoven’s original numbers as well as my own music largely sounded ‘pure’, apart from the final conclusion.” “Fidelio schweigt” receives its world premiere on 12 May in a production by Hermann Schneider at the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen. The conductor is Peter Kattermann. The work ends “in the small, the contemporary, expected by no-one, in the here and now and perhaps nevertheless in a very personal form of utopia which continues to drive me on today”, says Charlotte Seither (photo: Marco Bussmann).

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Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen