David Lang's prisoner of the state

Contemporary version of Beethoven's Fidelio
  • Sat 20 May ’23
    20:30 - 21:35
    doors open 19:15
    Grote Zaal

“An exciting performance" 
- New York Times

“Timeless beauty in Fidelio update" 
- The Guardian

Prisoner of the state is an imposing modern classic created by the Pulitzer Prize winning American composer David Lang. Performed exclusively in Rotterdam, it is a dark and futuristic rendition of the story that underpins Fidelio, Beethoven’s sole opera. Without using a single note written by Beethoven but with similar ideals, one of the world’s most prominent contemporary composers tells his own version of the well-known narrative. He has created a visual spectacle with live projections, a large male choir behind a fence, and four leading actors who correspond with Beethoven’s protagonists. Lang has worked on this ambitious music theatre project for over a decade.

 “David Lang is one of the most important American composers – his adaptation of the Fidelio narrative about freedom is very relevant today – and with Claron McFadden in the leading role, expect a spectacular performance.” – Guy Coolen, artistic director O.


David Lang compositie en libretto | Bochumer SymphonikerSteven Sloane dirigent | Magdalena Klein assistent dirigent | Claron McFadden The Assistant | Davóne Tines The Jailer | Alan Oke The Governor | Michael Wilmering The Prisoner | Vlaams Radiokoor Chorus of Prisoners and Guards | Elkhanah Pulitzer regie | Diana Wyenn assistent regie | Miguel Alejandro Castillo assistent regie, choreografie | Matt Saunders decor ontwerp | Adam Larsen projectie | Thom Weaver lichtontwerp, productieleiding | Yannick Godts assistent lichtontwerp, productieleiding | Maline Casta kostuumontwerp | Noelle Quanci assistent kostuumontwerp | Unusual Suspects (NL)  Executive en uitvoerende producenten