Join us at 2:00 pm in the Performance Hall and streaming for an Opera Lecture with Erika Reitshamer on Fidelio. Fidelio is an opera in two acts by Ludwig van Beethoven. It is Beethoven’s only opera. The story belongs to the tradition of “rescue operas” that were in vogue around the time of the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. It tells how Leonore, disguised as a prison guard called “Fidelio”, rescues her husband Florestan from death in a political prison. It is a musical cry for freedom and justice, and has always been a politically powerful opera.