26 February 2020
Gustavo and Mahler Chamber Orchestra to Tour Beethoven’s ‘Fidelio’ with the Manos Blancas Choir
The Gustavo Dudamel Foundation will bring the Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir) of Venezuela on a tour in April 2020, joining the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for performances of Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, which is based around the idea of freedom from oppression. The production will celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday by exploring his identity as a deaf artist, with the Coro de Manos Blancas forming the moving narrative backbone of the opera.
In conjunction with the Fidelio performances, Gustavo and the Foundation are partnering with Deaf communities around the world to examine the importance of music, art, movement, and gesture as they relate to the many different ways in which people experience music.
About Coro de Manos Blancas (White Hands Choir):
Founded in 1995 by Professor Jhonny Gómez, the Coro de Manos Blancas is made up of children and young adults with disabilities who perform a unique form of movement art choreographed to music. The Choir is part of the El Sistema program, which was set up almost 50 years ago in Venezuela to provide young people of all economic and social backgrounds access to beauty.