List of illustrations; General preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Synopsis; 3. Beethoven and opera Winton Dean; 4. The French theatrical origins of Fidelio David Charlton; 5. Fidelio and the French Revolution; 6. Music as drama: structure, style and process in Fidelio Michael C. Tusa; 7. Augenblicke in Fidelio Joseph Kerman; 8. An interpretive history; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
This book explores the fascinating musical and dramatic elements within Fidelio, Beethoven's only complete opera.
'... essential reading for the opera-goer willing to put in a little effort that certainly repays the reward of an added awareness of all aspects of this great work.' Opera Now