‘Fidelio’ holds you captive … but not in a good way

Joshua Kosman [SF Chronicle, 11 November 2005]
Opera doesn’t get much timelier or more topical than Wednesday’s opening performance of Beethoven’s “Fidelio” at the San Francisco Opera. Here, as if plucked from that day’s headlines, were the grim cell blocks and torture chambers where government figures pursue their secret agendas without oversight or accountability.
Sound familiar? I thought so.