Fidelio discography

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This is a partial discography of Fidelio, a Singspiel in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. Beethoven had originally written a three act version of the opera called Leonore, first performed in 1805 and then re-staged with revisions in 1806. Despite the name change, the heroine is the title character in both cases. Leonore disguises herself as a boy, Fidelio, in order to find out what has happened to her husband, Florestan, who is being illegally held by Pizarro, a prison governor. The other major characters are the gaoler Rocco and his daughter Marzelline.[1]

Audio recordings of Fidelio[edit]

Year Cast
(Fidelio/Leonore,
Florestan, Pizarro,
Rocco, Marzelline)
Conductor,
Opera House and/or Orchestra
Label[2]
1936 Lotte Lehmann,
Koloman von Pataky,
Alfred Jerger,
Anton Baumann,
Luise Helletsgruber
Arturo Toscanini,
Salzburg Festspielchor, Vienna Philharmonic, Salzburg
Audio CD: (act one only) Radio Years, Grammophono
1938 Kirsten Flagstad,
René Maison,
Friedrich Schorr,
Emmanuel List,
Marita Farell
Artur Bodanzky,
Metropolitan Opera, New York
Audio CD: Naxos Historical
1943 Hilde Konetzni,
Torsten Ralf,
Paul Schöffler,
Herbert Alsen,
Irmgard Seefried
Karl Böhm,
Vienna State Opera orchestra and chorus
Audio LP: Vox
Audio CD:Andante (Cat. No.3090)
1944 Rose Bampton,
Jan Peerce,
Herbert Janssen,

Sid Belarsky,
Eleanor Steber

Arturo Toscanini,
NBC Symphony Orchestra, NBC Symphony Chorus
Audio CD: RCA Victor
Cat. No. 60273
1948 Erna Schlüter,
Julius Patzak,
Ferdinand Frantz,
Herbert Alsen,
Lisa Della Casa
Wilhelm Furtwängler,
Wiener Philharmoniker and Chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper
(Live performance)
Audio CD: Melodram
Cat. No. CDM 25009
1948 Anna Bathy,
Endre Rösler,
Oszkár Maleczky,
Mihály Székely,
Mária Mátyás
Otto Klemperer,
Hungarian State Opera State Opera and Orchestra
(Live performance)
Audio CD: Urania
Cat. No. URN 22246
1950 Kirsten Flagstad,
Julius Patzak,
Paul Schöffler,
Josef Greindl,
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Wilhelm Furtwängler,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus of the Vienna State Opera
(Live recording at the Großes Festspielhaus, Salzburg, 5 August 1950
Audio CD: Regis Records Ltd
Cat. No. RRC2048
1953 Martha Mödl,
Wolfgang Windgassen,
Otto Edelmann,
Gottlob Frick,
Sena Jurinac
Wilhelm Furtwängler,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
Audio CD: EMI
Cat. No. 64496
1956 Birgit Nilsson,
Hans Hopf,
Paul Schöffler,
Gottlob Frick,
Ingeborg Wenglor
Erich Kleiber,
Chor und Orchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks
(Live recording)
Audio CD: Opera d'Oro
Cat. No. OPD 1332
1957 Leonie Rysanek,
Ernst Haefliger,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Gottlob Frick,
Irmgard Seefried
Ferenc Fricsay,
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and chorus
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No. DG 453106-2
1957 Gladys Kuchta,
Julius Patzak,
Heinz Rehfuss,
Karl Kümmel,
Melitta Muszely
Carl Bamberger,
North German Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: Nonesuch Records
1957 Christel Goltz,
Giuseppe Zampieri,
Paul Schöffler,
Otto Edelmann
Sena Jurinac
Herbert von Karajan,
Vienna Philharmonic orchestra and chorus of the Wiener Staatsoper.
(Live recording)
Audio CD: Orfeo
Cat. No. C 7710821
1958 Gré Brouwenstijn,
Hans Hopf,
Paul Schöffler,
Arnold van Mill,
Olga Chelavine
Thomas Beecham,
Orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Colón
(Live recording)
Audio CD: Legato Classics
Cat. No. LCD 226-2
1960 Galina Vishnevskaya,
Georgi Nelepp,
Aleksey Petrovich Ivanov,
Nikolai Shchelgolkov,
Irina Maslennikova
Alexander Melik-Pashayev,
Orchestra and chorus of the Bolshoi Theatre
Audio CD: Audio Encyclopedia
Cat. No. AE 207
1961 Sena Jurinac,
Jan Peerce,
Gustav Neidlinger,
Dezsö Ernster,
Maria Stader
Hans Knappertsbusch,
Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: Westminster
Cat. No. 471 204-2
1961 Sena Jurinac,
Jon Vickers,
Hans Hotter,
Gottlob Frick,
Elsie Morrison
Otto Klemperer,
Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra and Chorus
(Live performance recording)
Audio CD: Testament
Cat. No. SBT2 1328
1962 Christa Ludwig,
Jon Vickers,
Walter Berry,
Gottlob Frick,
Ingeborg Hallstein
Otto Klemperer,
Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus
Audio CD: EMI
Cat. No. 67361
1962 Christa Ludwig,
Jon Vickers,
Walter Berry,
Walter Kreppel,
Gundula Janowitz
Herbert von Karajan, live
Vienna State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording of May performance)
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No.477 7364
1963 Christa Ludwig,
James King,
Gustav Neidlinger,
Josef Greindl,
Lisa Otto
Karl Böhm,
Orchestra and chorus of the Deutsche Oper Berlin
(Live recording)
Audio CD: Canyon Classics
Cat. No. PCCL 00060
1964 Birgit Nilsson,
James McCracken,
Tom Krause,
Kurt Böhme,
Graziella Sciutti
Lorin Maazel,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Decca
Cat. No. 448104
1969 Christa Ludwig,
James King,
Ingvar Wixell,
Franz Crass,
Edith Mathis
Karl Böhm,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording, August performance at the Salzburg Festival)
Audio CD: Opera d’Oro
Cat. No. 1380
1969 Gwyneth Jones,
James King,
Theo Adam,
Franz Crass,
Edith Mathis
Karl Böhm,
Dresden Staatskapelle Orchestra and Dresden Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No. DG 477 5584
1970 Gwyneth Jones,
James King,
Theo Adam,
Franz Crass,
Lucia Popp
Leonard Bernstein,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording, June performance at the Vienna State Opera)
Audio CD: Opera Depot
Cat. No.OD 10175-2
1970 Helga Dernesch,
Jon Vickers,
Zoltan Kelemen,
José van Dam,
Helen Donath
Herbert von Karajan,
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Audio CD: EMI
Cat. No. CMS 7 69290-2
1976 Teresa Kubiak,
Jon Vickers,
Donald Gramm,
Mac Morgan,
Magdelena Falewicz
Sarah Caldwell,
Boston Opera Orchestra and Chorus and Harvard Glee Club
(Live recording)
Audio CD: VAI
Cat. No. VAIA 1222-2
1978 Gundula Janowitz,
René Kollo,
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,
Hans Sotin,
Lucia Popp
Leonard Bernstein,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna State Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No. 526702
1978 Hildegard Behrens,
James King,
Donald McIntyre,
Kurt Moll
Lucia Popp
Karl Böhm,
Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: Premiere Opera Ltd
Cat. No. CDNO 1142-2
1979 Hildegard Behrens,
Peter Hofmann,
Theo Adam,
Hans Sotin,
Sonia Ghazarian
Georg Solti,
Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Decca
Cat. No. 410227
1982 Jeannine Altmeyer,
Siegfried Jerusalem,
Siegmund Nimsgern,
Peter Meven
Carola Nossek
Kurt Masur.
Leipziger Gewandhaus Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: Eurodisc
Cat. No. GK 69030
1989 Jessye Norman,
Reiner Goldberg,
Ekkehard Wlaschiha,
Kurt Moll,
Pamela Coburn,
Bernard Haitink,
Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden State Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Philips
Cat. No. 426308
1990 Gabriele Schnaut,
Josef Protschka,
Hartmut Welker,
Kurt Rydl,
Ruth Ziesak
Christoph von Dohnányi,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Vienna State Opera Chorus
Audio CD: Decca
Cat. No. 436627
1994 Chaltotte Margiano,
Peter Seiffert,
László Polgár,
Sergei Leiferkus,
Barbara Bonney
Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Audio CD: Teldec
Cat. No. 994560
1995 Deborah Voigt,
Ben Heppner,
Günter von Kannen,
Matthias Hölle,
Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz
Colin Davis,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
Audio CD: BMG-RCA Victor
Cat. No.09026 68344-2
1997 Gabriela Beňačková,
Anthony Rolfe Johnson,
Franz-Josef Kapellmann,
Siegfried Vogel,
Ildiko Vogel
Charles Mackerras,
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Edinburgh Festival Chorus
Audio CD: Teldarc
Cat. No. 80439
1999 Waltraud Meier,
Plácido Domingo,
Falk Struckmann,
René Pape,
Soile Isokoski
Daniel Barenboim,
Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra and Deutsche Oper Chorus
Audio CD: Teldec
Cat. No. 3984 25249-2
2003 Angela Denoke,
Jon Villars,
Alan Held,
Laszlo Polgár
Juliane Banse
Simon Rattle,
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Audio CD: EMI
Cat. No. 0724355755520
2006 Christine Brewer,
John MacMaster,
Juha Uusitalo,
Kristinn Sigmundsson,
Sally Matthews
Colin Davis,
London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording, May performances)
Audio CD: LSO Live
Cat. No. 0593

Video recordings of Fidelio[edit]

Year Cast
(Leonore,
Florestan,
Pizarro,
Rocco)
Conductor,
Opera House and/or Orchestra
Label[2]
1963 Christa Ludwig,
James King,
Walter Berry,
Josef Greindl
Artur Rother,
Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording)
DVD: Encore
Cat. No. 2009
1963 Christa Ludwig,
James King,
Gustav Neidlinger,
Josef Greindl
Karl Böhm,
Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording)
DVD: House of Opera
Cat. No.DVDM 299
1968 Anja Silja,
Richard Cassilly,
Theo Adam,
Hans Sotin
Leopold Ludwig,
Hamburg State Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Arthaus
Cat. No.101 275
1970 Dame Gwyneth Jones,
James King,
Gustav Neidlinger,
Josef Greindl
Karl Böhm,
Deutsche Oper Berlin Orchestra and Chorus
(Film soundtrack, 1969; filmed 1970)
Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No.073 4438
1977 Gundula Janowitz,
Jon Vickers,
Theo Adam,
William Wilderman
Zubin Mehta,
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording at the Chorégies d'Orange)
DVD:Better Opera
Cat. No.OMD 005
1978 Gundula Janowitz,
René Kollo,
Hans Sotin,
Manfred Jungwirth
Leonard Bernstein,
Vienna State Opera Orchesttra and Chorus
(Live recording, January performance)
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No. 073 4159
1980 Elisabeth Söderström,
Anton De Ridder,
Robert Allman,
Curt Applegren
Bernard Haitink,
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
(Live recording, 13 January performance)
Arthaus
Cat. No. 101 099
1989 Elizabeth Connell,
Thomas Moser
Siegmund Nimsgern,
Hans Tschammer
Jeffrey Tate,
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Chorus of the Grand Théâtre de Genève
(Live recording at the Grand Théâtre, May performance)
VHS: Lyric Distribution Incorporated,
Cat. No. 8197
1990 Gabriela Beňačková,
Josef Protschka,
Monte Pederson,
Robert Lloyd
Christoph von Dohnányi,
Royal Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, London
Arthaus
Cat. No.100 075
2000 Karita Mattila,
Ben Heppner,
Falk Struckmann,
René Pape
James Levine,
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, New York
(Live recording, October performance)
DVD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat. No.073 052-9
2004 Camilla Nylund,
Jonas Kaufmann,
Alfred Muff,
László Polgár
Nikolaus Harnoncourt,
Zürich Opera Orchestra and Chorus
(Live recording, 15 February performance)
DVD: TDK
Cat. No. DV-OPFID (Europe); DVUS-OPFID (US)

This is a partial discography of Leonore, the 1805 original three-act version of the two act opera, Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Audio recordings of Leonore (1805 version)[edit]

Year Cast:
(Fidelio/Leonore,
Florestan,
Pizarro,
Rocco,
Marzelline)
Conductor,
Opera House and/or Orchestra
Label[2]
1960 Hilde Zadek,
Anton Dermota,
Alfred Pfeifel,
Paul Schöffler,
Gerda Schreyer
Ferdinand Leitner,
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and Bregenz Festival Chorus
(Vienna State Opera production)
Audio CD: Opera D'Oro
Cat. No. OPD 1210
1976 Edda Moser,
Richard Cassilly,
Karl Ridderbusch,
Theo Adam,
Helen Donath
Herbert Blomstedt,
Dresden Staatskapelle and Leipzig Radio Chorus
Audio CD: Berlin Classics
Cat. No. 11402BC
1997 Hillevi Martinpelto,
Kim Begley,
Matthew Best,
Franz Hawlata,
Christiane Oelze
John Eliot Gardiner,
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and Monteverdi Choir
Audio CD: Archiv
Cat. No. 0453 461-2

This is a discography of Leonore, the 1806 version of the two act opera, Fidelio by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Audio recordings of Leonore (1806 version)[edit]

Year Cast:
(Fidelio/Leonore,
Florestan,
Pizarro,
Rocco,
Marzelline)
Conductor,
Opera House and/or Orchestra
Label[2]
1998 Pamela Coburn,
Mark Baker,
Philippe Lafont,
Victor von Halem,
Christine Barbaux
Marc Soustrot,
Bonn Beethovenhalle Orchestra, Cologne Radio Chorus
Audio CD: MD&G
Cat. No. MDG3370826

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Gruber, Paul (ed.) (2003). The Metropolitan Opera Guide to Recorded Opera. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-03444-5. 
  2. ^ a b c d Recording details for Fidelio on Operadis online. Retrieved 28 March 2014

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