Robert Greenberg

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Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1727) in 1805, the year Leonore (later Fidelio) was first performed

Dr. Bob Prescribes Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio

May 24th, 2022

In referring to Fidelio as Beethoven’s only opera, we often overlook the fact that for all its preliminary versions it was also his first opera.  As such, it has been pointed out that Fidelio, which Beethoven began composing when he was 34 years old, is “the best first opera ever written.”  Writes Paul Robeson in The Cambridge Opera Handbook: Fidelio: “Certainly, it surpasses the first efforts of better-known opera composers: Wagner’s Die Feen, Verdi’s Oberto,…

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