- Gustavo Dudamel conductor
- Alberto Arvelo director
- Joaquín Solano co-director
- Deaf West Theatre
- Gabriela Camejo artistic producer
- Solange Mendoza costume designer
- Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música Catalana
- Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir)
- Amelia Hensley Leonore (actor)
- Tamara Wilson Leonore (singer)
- Daniel Durant Florestan (actor)
- Andrew Staples Florestan (singer)
- Sophia Morales Marzelline (actor)
- Gabriella Reyes Marzelline (singer)
- Otis Jones Jaquino (actor)
- David Portillo Jaquino (singer)
- Hector Reynoso Rocco (actor)
- James Rutherford Rocco (singer)
- Mervin Primeaux-O'Bryant Don Pizarro (actor)
- Shenyang Don Pizarro (singer)
- Giovanni Maucere Don Fernando (actor)
- Patrick Blackwell Don Fernando (singer)
About this Performance
The innovative semi-staged production of Beethoven’s Fidelio, created for both Deaf and hearing audiences, was called an “outright breakthrough for opera” by the Los Angeles Times when it was performed in 2022. With a story 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.)
This concert includes sung German, supertitles in English, and performed International Sign Language.
This performance is generously supported by the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Programs, artists, dates, prices, and availability subject to change.
Enhance Your Experience
Upbeat Live Pre-concert Talk
Event starts at 7:00PM
Before the concert, some of the sharpest musical minds around–including members of the LA Phil–guide you through the evening’s music, complete with a Q&A session for any lingering questions. This free event is held in BP Hall, accessible after your ticket is scanned.
Drinks in The Garden
Event starts at 6:30PM
Set the tone for your night with Drinks in The Garden. Enjoy a drink on us in the lush and leafy ambiance of Walt Disney Concert Hall’s rooftop garden.
Subject to cancellation due to weather conditions.