Florestan is in prison unjustly, he has "argued for truth". The governor of the state prisons Pizarro is responsible for this and has to make Florestan disappear in order not to be prosecuted. His wife Leonore lets herself be employed incognito in the prison and is able to free her husband. Only: Which freedom is meant? What happens after freedom is obtained? These are questions that Beethoven's opera asks and leaves open. The history of the performance of "Fidelio" through all of Germany's political systems allows the opera itself to become an archive. German history condenses on it, because it painfully poses the question of what the German dream / nightmare can be today. Florestan - a republican Jesus who was imprisoned and freed for us, Leonore - a new type of woman capable of bearing political responsibility.
Production: Georges Delnon
Stage: Kaspar Zwimpfer
Costumes: Lydia Kirchleitner
Lighting: Michael Bauer
Dramaturgy: Klaus- Peter Kehr, Johannes Blum