A Rescue for the Ages: Beethoven's 'Fidelio'

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THE HIT SINGLE: "God, Such Darkness Here"

The first appearance of Florestan (tenor Ian Storey) comes in the dramatic solo scene that opens Act Two. Alone in the dungeon, with little hope of rescue, he sings "Gott! Welch Dunkel hier" -- "God, Such Darkness Here."

THE B SIDE: "Ha! What a Moment"

The villain Don Pizarro (bass-baritone Ian Storey) introduces himself in Act One with the aria "Ha! Welch' ein Augenblick" -- "Ha! What a Moment" -- when he senses that he finally has his chance to murder Florestan.