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Here is a excellent overview
of the opera. I am actually not familiar with this production but it has English subtitles which makes it easy to follow the plot.
Leonore Overture (#3) came up on a radio and I really like the music. It got me to think about the opera, Fidelio, and I put it on a few nights ago. It was the Bernstein version on 3 LPs. I actually really enjoyed this one. Then I started listening to the other versions.
What a music. The more you listen, the better it gets. It really is one of a kind opera where music carries the day more so than the voices. More so than Wagner. It really is a paean to liberty as unalienable right of human being. Talk about a distilled essence of the Enlightenment. It's goose bump city and a window to exultation of humanity -- humanistic religion, if you will.