Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
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Beethoven: 20 facts about the great composer
15. Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio
If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly. He may have only composed one opera, but Beethoven poured blood, sweat, and tears into revising and improving it. He reworked the whole opera over a ten year period, giving us the two act version performed today – the older version is sometimes known as Leonore.