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Gustavo Dudamel leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a deeply emotional, innovative new semi-staged production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, created for both Deaf and hearing audiences. Told through the composer’s music sung by hearing vocalists and the expressive gestural poetry of sign language by Deaf actors, the performances explore the search for communication—both primal and sublime—that is at the heart of all artistic expression.

Premiered in 1805 as Beethoven was reckoning with his own Deafness, Fidelio is a tale of triumph over oppression as the noblewoman Leonore goes undercover to daringly rescue her husband from political imprisonment. Dudamel conducts the LA Phil and a star-studded cast in a groundbreaking event co-directed by Alberto Arvelo and Joaquín Solano and produced in collaboration with Los Angeles’ acclaimed Tony Award®-winning Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director, David Kurs) and Venezuela’s Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir.)

The LA Phil's Humanities Programs are generously supported by Linda and David Shaheen.

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Christine Sun Kim


Christine Sun Kim brings her perspective as a member of the Deaf community to the concept of sound in this multimedia Artist Talk

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  • Christine Sun Kim
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Beethoven’s Fidelio with Dudamel and Deaf West Theatre

Gustavo Dudamel and Deaf West Theatre partner on an innovative semi-staged production of Beethoven’s only opera.

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  • Director’s Note, Apr 14–16, 2022


  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
  • Alberto Arvelo, director
  • Joaquín Solano, co-director
  • Deaf West Theatre, produced by DJ Kurs
  • Gabriela Camejo, Artistic Producer, Karibanna Content
  • Solange Mendoza, costume designer
  • James F. Ingalls, lighting designer
  • Colin Analco, ASL Choreographer
  • Natasha Ofili, Associate ASL Choreographer
  • Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir)
  • María Inmaculada Velásquez Echeverria, Artistic Director
  • Amelia Hensley, Leonore (actor)
  • Christiane Libor, Leonore (singer)
  • Josh Castille, Florestan (actor)
  • Ian Koziara, Florestan (singer)
  • Russell Harvard, Rocco (actor)
  • Ryan Speedo Green, Rocco (singer)
  • Indi Robinson, Marzelline (actor)
  • Gabriella Reyes, Marzelline (singer)
  • Gregor Lopes, Jaquino (actor)
  • José Simerilla-Romero, Jaquino (singer)
  • Gabriel Silva, Don Pizarro (actor)
  • Shenyang, Don Pizarro (singer)
  • Michael Anthony Spady, Don Fernando (actor)
  • Ethan Vincent, Don Fernando (singer)
  • Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Grant Gershon, Artistic Director
  • Jenny Wong, Associate Artistic Director