Christa Ludwig, James King, Edith Mathis, Hans Hotter, Franz Crass, Ingvar Wixell, Donald Grobe, et al., vocal soloists/Chorus of the Vienna State Opera & Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra /Karl Böhm, conductor
Live performance, Salzburg, 1969
Beethoven’s only opera is heard here in a miraculous performance with probably the best cast and conductor ever captured on disc. Selected as one of the best performances from the vast Opera d’Oro catalog and reissued with new packaging, the fabulous cover art of Rafal Oblinski, and complete libretto newly translated by Bill Parker.
"A compelling performance of Fidelio, with an outstanding cast and conductor." - Fanfare
"An exciting live performance of this opera, recorded in Salzburg in 1969 when all the principles were in their primes... A terrific bargain and a sparkling representation of Beethoven’s great masterwork." - ClassicsToday
Ilustration © Rafal Olbinski,
Courtesy of Patinae Inc.