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Philharmonic Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic and a star-studded cast in a groundbreaking event directed by Alberto Arvelo, co-directed by Joaquín Solano and produced in collaboration with Los Angeles’ acclaimed, Tony Award®-winning Deaf West Theatre (Artistic Director DJ Kurs) and Deaf performers of El Sistema’s Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir) in a new production of Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  

Created for both Deaf and hearing audiences, the semi-staged production draws on both American Sign Language’s expressive, gestural poetry and Beethoven’s music to tell the powerful tale of redemption and liberation. The idea for the production was originally developed by Dudamel through his Foundation, which he co-chairs with his wife, actress María Valverde, as a means of elevating Deaf artistry to illuminate the opera’s central theme: the fight to overcome obstacles in order to discover one’s own personal freedom. Fidelio premiered in 1805 as Beethoven was losing his hearing.   

Beethoven’s Fidelio with Dudamel and Deaf West Theatre 

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 8 pm

Friday, April 15, 2022, 8 pm

Saturday, April 16, 2022, 8 pm 

Tickets can be purchased at the LA Phil’s website: laphil.com.

View the LA Phil’s updated COVID protocol guidelines: LAPhil.com/safety.

Photo courtesy of LA Phil