The main character Florestan found himself locked in an unfathomable underground cell, without holding any blame. He had once denounced the illegalities of the governor and, as a result, latter took revenge by condemning him to death by starvation. Leonora, Florestan’s wife, finding out about her husband’s tragic fate, dresses up as a man, names herself Fidelio, goes under the service of Rocco, the guardian of the fortress. She decides to see her husband and save him.
Don Pizzarro, the criminal governor, learns that the news of his ill doings reached even Seville and that Minister don Ferdinando, Folrestan’s friend, whom he thought dead was personally coming to investigate Pizzarro’s activity. He gives order to the guardian of the fortress, Rocco, to kill Florestan, but he refuses, so he decides to murder the prisoner himself. Rocco and Fidelio leave together to dig the prisoner’s grave. Leonora does not recognize Florestan in the dark, where he was wearily sleeping.
Only after he awakes she recognizes her husband. Going after them in the underground dungeon, Pizzarro wants to kill Florestan but Leonora comes between them and says: “Kill the wife first!” Pizzarro’s is stricken with awe and misses his chance. The sound of the bugle makes its way into the dungeon announcing the arrival of the Minister. In the city square, where a large crowd had gathered in the meantime, the Minister recognizes Florestan and immediately becomes aware of Pizzarro’s ill doings.
My name is Edward Chilvers and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of Deben Radio. As an author and publisher with my own company, One Fine Day Reading, I am especially passionate about promoting local talent and giving a voice to those with a story to tell. In a new series of interviews I will be going around the area meeting writers, authors and poets to learn more about ther lives and what inspires them. For my first programme I interviewed Paul Strugnell from Hasketon, a former helicoptor pilot in the Army Air Corp whose distinguished career encompassed Northern Ireland, Rhodesia and West Berlin. Paul's book, Hawkeye: The Story of an Army Pilot is available for £9.99 from www.onefinedayreading.co.uk
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