Beethoven's only opera, it is the central work of his so-called "middle period"
A prisoner in this only opera by Beethoven
Soprano voice; wife of Florestan; disguised as prison guard named Fidelio
Fidelio was first staged in Vienna, on Nov. 20, 1805.
Three versions of the Leonora Overture and the Fidelio Overture, performed as independant pieces all use op. 72.