Financial Times, July 22, 2016
Richard Fairman
Beethoven: Fidelio
As the Salzburg Festival opens this weekend, here is a live DVD of the festival’s big opera production from 2015.

A mostly strong cast — led by Jonas Kaufmann and a sometimes strained Adrianne Pieczonka as Florestan and Leonore — gets sturdy support from conductor Franz Welser-Möst.

Claus Guth’s production, though, is problematical. There is much stylised posturing, as shadow theatre meets the Matrix franchise. The rickety dialogue is replaced by electronic noises, a new problem created rather than an old one solved.

There are concert performances that have been more involving.

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