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Published on May 30, 2011
Fidelio: A Celebration of Life
Aired date: Mar 29, 1970
Plot: Bernstein takes a look at Beethoven's so-called "flawed masterpiece"—his only opera, Fidelio. After discussing the story and its problems, "charming excerpts" are performed. Four vocal sections from Act II follow, each preceded by analysis and plot summary.