13. Mai 2018

Few opera choruses are as moving as the one a group of prisoners sings in Act I of Beethoven’s “Fidelio.” Released temporarily from their cells, the inmates almost whisper a hymnlike paean to liberty: “Oh, what a joy to breathe freely again in the open air.”

The transformation from oppression to freedom is at the core of “Fidelio,” which the small, adventurous company Heartbeat Opera is presenting through May 13 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. There, the recently recorded voices of choirs from Midwestern correctional facilities will join together in Beethoven’s soaring Prisoners’ Chorus.
Heartbeat Opera collaborates with 6 prison choirs in Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, and Minnesota for its new adaptation of Beethoven’s FIDELIO. More than 100 incarcerated singers and 70 volunteers raised their voices in a new SATB arrangement of the iconic „Prisoners‘ Chorus.“ Director/Adaptor Ethan Heard and Music Director/Arranger Daniel Schlosberg visited four choir rehearsals. (Quelle: New York Times)