The Deutsche Oper Berlin had originally opened on 7 November 1912 under the title of Deutsches Opernhaus. Thus it was Beethoven’s Fidelio that featured at the opening of the Deutsches Opernhaus in 1912 – and it was also chosen for the anniversary concert on 7th November 1962 that is documented in this DVD. The Performance will be available on DVD for the first time.
In cooperation with Arthaus Musik the Deutsche Oper Berlin organized a screening of the carefully restored recording of Fidelio on 12 March 2012 at 07:30pm.
The production was in the hands of theatre director Gustav Rudolf Sellner and his chief set designer Wilhelm Reinking. Special care was taken in selecting the cast for the anniversary performance. For the four main roles, singers were chosen who already had international experience but were still fresh and vigorous. Featuring Christa Ludwig (Leonore), James King (Florestan) and Walter Berry (Don Pizarro). The orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin was conducted by Artur Rother.
After publishing Mozarts Don Giovanni, the opening performance of the Deutsche Oper on 24 September 1961, this is the second historical recording from the Deutsche Oper Berlin. It is the beginning of a new edition including TV recordings of the years 1961 to 1987 which were never released on DVD before.