´Fidelio´, Ludwig van Beethoven´s only opera, takes as its subject a theme close to the composer´s heart: the defeat of tyranny through man´s innate desire for liberty. The libretto was fashioned by Joseph Sonnleithner after Jean Bouilly´s Leonore (1798) and revised by Leipzig-born playwright and poet Georg Friedrich Treitschke with Beethoven in 1814. It concerns Leonore´s attempts to free her political-prisoner husband Florestan from the prison of the evil Pizarro by disguising herself as a man, Fidelio, and working in the prison. The music in ´Fidelio´ is unassailably great and blazes with Beethoven´s steadfast commitment to liberty and humanity.
This is the Schirmer edition of the VocalScore and contains an English translation by Theodore Baker and an essay by H.E. Krehbiel.