A woman’s husband is falsely imprisoned, possibly already dead. His wife sets out to search for him and somehow makes her way through the labyrinth of a prison system. Fidelio, based on a true story, is filled with passion, angst, uncertainty and, of course, loyalty. It took 11 years for Ludwig van Beethoven to write, and while his only opera presents some real challenges for its singers — particularly in the first act for Leonore (sung by Finnish dramatic soprano Karita Mattila), it’s considered a classic.

Tenor Simon O’Neill, here to sing the role of Florestan in the Houston Grand Opera production based on The Metropolitan Opera version, says it’s a story that’s still very much alive today. “We live in a time right now, October 2011, when it’s obvious that the story of Fidelio is happening all around the world.” 7:30 p.m. on October 28, November 1, 5, and 10 and, 2 p.m. November 13. Wortham Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit $38 to $342.
Fri., Oct. 28; Tue., Nov. 1; Sat., Nov. 5; Thu., Nov. 10; Sun., Nov. 13, 2011

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