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Beethoven's "Fidelio" is an opera about freedom, and the contrast between the darkness of unjust political imprisonment and the light of justice and liberty is both heard in the music and seen on the stage. This production by Gustav Rudolf Sellner was recorded at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1969 and stars Gwyneth Jones and James King in the leading roles. It was conducted by the great Karl Böhm in one of his rare appearances at the Deutsche Oper. "With mighty build-ups, the film lunges towards the finale: the explosions of joy in a happiness that is hard won and in which all participate: Beethoven, the opera, television, the listeners and the viewers" (Die Welt).

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