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Fidelio At The Symphony

A conversation with leads Rebecca von Lipinski and Russell Thomas about the Houston Symphony’s upcoming performance of Beethoven’s one and only opera.


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Joshua Zinn, Rebecca von Lipinski, and Thomas Russell
(L-R): Joshua Zinn, Rebecca von Lipinski, and Thomas Russell in the studio

This weekend, the Houston Symphony presents the one and only opera by Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio.

It's not quite a full-blown opera production, as there are no sets or costumes. But the work will be performed in full, following the tumultuous journey of Leonore as she adopts the guise of the male Fidelio in order to rescue her long lost husband Florestan from prison. Houston native Phylicia Rashad will provide English narration.

Soprano Rebecca von Lipinski sings the role of Leonore/Fidelio, and tenor Russell Thomas is Florestan, and you can hear about their characters, their experiences with the work, and how this kind of concert differs from a typical production in our conversation above!

The Houston Symphony performs Fidelio on Friday, March 31st at 8 PM and Sunday, April 2nd at 2 PM at Jones Hall.


Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on HPM Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews for Houston...

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