Heartbeat Opera's Fidelio


Date and Time

February 10, February 12, and February 13, 2022

Thursday and Saturday at 7 pm, and Sunday at 2 pm


The Met Fifth Avenue

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

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Heartbeat Opera

PLEASE NOTE: There is no late seating. Please arrive early to allow for entry into the performance.

**Seating for this performance will be socially distanced.**

Music by Ludwig Van Beethoven
Original libretto by Joseph Sonnleithner and Georg Friedrich Treitschke
Adapted and directed by Ethan Heard
Music arranged and directed by Daniel Schlosberg
New English dialogue by Marcus Scott and Ethan Heard


Derrell Acon, roc
Victoria Lawal, marcy
Curtis Bannister, stan
Kelly Griffin, leah/lee
Corey McKern, pizarro

Also featuring the voices of more than 100 incarcerated singers and 70 volunteers from six prison choirs: Oakdale Community Choir, KUJI Men’s Chorus, UBUNTU Men’s Chorus, HOPE Thru Harmony Women’s Choir, East Hill Singers, and Voices of Hope

“I saw [Heartbeat’s] Fidelio, and was blindsided by its impact.” —The New Yorker

A Black activist is wrongfully incarcerated. His wife, Leah, disguises herself to infiltrate the system and free him. But when injustice reigns, one woman’s grit may not be enough to save her love. Featuring the voices of imprisoned people, this daring adaptation places Beethoven’s masterpiece in the time of Black Lives Matter.

This program is made possible by the Adrienne Arsht Fund for Resilience through Art, the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, The Howard & Sarah D. Solomon Foundation, Lulu C. and Anthony W. Wang, and Betsy and Edward Cohen / Areté Foundation.

Piano by Steinway & Sons.

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The suggested age for this performance is 12 and up. 

Image: Beethoven’s Fidelio. Photo by Russ Rowland

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