Thunderous applause and loud cries of "bravo" greeted the première of Beethoven's Fidelio at the inaugural performance of the first opera season in Valencia's new Palau de les Arts. With this spectacular production directed by Pierluigi Pier'Alli, Valencia has put itself back on the map of the international opera world. Dominating the activity on stage are two of today's most distinguished German singers,Waltraud Meier and Peter Seiffert, who have left their mark above all on Wagner interpretation, and the great Finnish bass Matti Salminen who stamped his forceful character on his role as the jailer Rocco.
"Everything she does is unforgettable…" The Guardian (Waltraud Meier)
“This recording features the opening performances given in the spectacular Palau de les Arts in Valencia… The cast is probably all round the best assembled for a production of Beethoven's great work for many years. …what we see and hear from the stage is moving and wonderfully committed.”
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