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From the Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofía", Valencia: "Fidelio" by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Conductor: Zubin Mehta - Stage director: Pier'Alli. With Waltraud Meier (Leonore), Peter Seiffert (Florestan), Juha Uusitalo (Don Pizarro), Matti Salminen (Rocco), Carsten H. Stabell (Don Fernando), Ildikó Raimondi (Marzelline) and Rainer Trost (Jaquino). Thunderous applause and loud cries of "bravo" greeted the premiere of "Fidelio" at the inaugural performance of the first opera season in Valencia's new Palau de les Arts on 25 October 2006. Attending the stellar performance in architect Santiago Calatrava's breathtaking theater complex was Queen Sofía of Spain, who added to the glamour of the event. With this spectacular production, Valencia has put itself back on the map of the international opera world.

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