• November 2021
  • Dublin


The situation is grim. Florestan, an undocumented political prisoner reported as dead, is locked in a deep dungeon.

His wife Leonore still believes him to be alive and disguises herself as a man called Fidelio to get work in the prison. Don Pizarro, the tyrannical and abusive prison governor plans Florestan’s demise. And the upright minister Don Fernando rebalances the scales of justice. Beethoven’s only opera is an uplifting plea for love, justice and freedom.


Fidelio In Focus, a free online introduction to the opera with Deborah Kelleher takes place on 1 NOVEMBER. Booking information to be announced.


“a political manifesto against tyranny and oppression, a hymn to the beauty and sanctity of marriage, an exalted affirmation of faith in God as the ultimate human resource” - Leonard Bernstein
“Sinead Campbell-Wallace was a remarkable Leonore, vocally and dramatically” - Opera magazine

Cast and Creative Team


Leonore Sinéad Campbell Wallace
Florestan Robert Murray
Rocco Daniel Sumegi
Pizarro Brian Mulligan
Marzelline Kelli-Ann Masterson
Jaquino Dean Power
Don Fernando David Howes
Prisoner 1 Jacek Wislocki
Prisoner 2 Matthew Mannion

Creative Team

Conductor Fergus Sheil
Director Annabelle Comyn
Set & Costume Designer Francis O'Connor
Lighting Designer Paul Keogan
Chorus Director Elaine Kelly
Répétiteur Aoife O'Sullivan
Irish National Opera Orchestra
Irish National Opera Chorus