Gaveaux's Léonore, ou L'Amour conjugal
Revolution is in the air. A political prisoner awaits death in his cell. A woman puts herself in mortal danger to seek justice. Ludwig van Beethoven modeled his Fidelio on Pierre Gaveaux and Jean-Nicolas Bouilly’s Léonore, ou l’amour conjugal. Bouilly’s French libretto, rich with themes that are relevant today, may be familiar to many. Some will recognize music in Gaveaux’s version which foreshadows the Beethoven. From the loneliness of Florestan’s dungeon to the triumphal reunion of husband and wife, everyone will be captivated by this setting of a timeless and inspiring story.