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Beethoven's messy opera 'Fidelio' is in fine hands in San Francisco

Beethoven's messy opera 'Fidelio' is in fine hands in San Francisco

"Fidelio" is opera's never-ending fixer-upper. Beethoven's only opera and the score the composer spent the most time on almost never works, yet it is all but indestructible. Beethoven attempts to appropriate and transform operatic methods of his day, comic and epic, into a screed of unrealistic political and conjugal idealism. Heroism triumphs over oppression, love conquers all and significance trumps insignificance with such Beethovenian spiritual conviction that, in the right hands, the opera needs no excuses. Thursday night in the first of three concert performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas supplied the hands. This "Fidelio is...

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