Ludwig van Beethoven


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Up 47. Best position since 2000. 5th of Beethoven's 20 entries.

Fidelio is so often referred to simply as 'Beethoven's only opera'. In truth, it's much more than just a single entry into the canon. It's a tale of cross-dressing, of love in prison, of political angst and — crucially — it's stuffed with brilliant tunes.

Act 3 of Beethoven's opera Fidelio as performed a the Theatre Lyrique in 1860, by Janet-Lange for Bibliotheque nationale de France (1860).