Images by Fay Fox & Claire McAdams

Beethoven in Virtual Reality: FIDELIO

Austin Opera + Washington National Opera + Collaborators
Presented in partnership with Austin Opera and Washington National Opera

Experience grand opera in the most cutting-edge of settings – in virtual reality!

Austin Opera presents the world premiere of Beethoven in Virtual Reality: Fidelio, in partnership with Washington National Opera, directed by the visionary Francesca Zambello. Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory story of hope and love triumphing over tyranny as you step into two dramatic, vivid scenes from Fidelio.

Come face to face with two of opera’s biggest American stars, Tamara Wilson (Leonora/Fidelio) and Russell Thomas (Florestan), as they lead you on a fifteen-minute exploratory journey towards freedom. Fully experience masterpieces from Beethoven’s only opera surrounded by the stunning 360-degree sounds of the Washington National Opera Orchestra, conducted by Principal Conductor Evan Rogister. 

Be among the first to break operatic boundaries in this Opera ATX offering from Austin Opera!


  • Tamara Wilson – Fidelio/Leonore
  • Russell Thomas – Florestan
  • Matthew Pearce – Guard


  • Francesca Zambello – Creative Director
  • Evan Rogister – Conductor

The Washington National Opera Orchestra

Evan Rogister, Principal Conductor

Beethoven in VR is a project of Washington National Opera, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC and was created in collaboration with TimeLooper, Inc. and Austin Opera.

Beethoven in Virtual Reality: FIDELIO

dadaLab Wheelchair Accessible
2008 Alexander Ave Austin, TX 78722

This installation is open during the following times and has VR performances starting every 30 minutes:

Wed April 13th 4pm-8pm
Thurs April 14th 4pm-8pm
Fri April 15th 1pm-5pm
Sat April 16th 1pm-5pm
Sun April 17th 1pm-5pm

  • April 13, 2022 4:00 pm
  • April 14, 2022 4:00 pm
  • April 15, 2022 1:00 pm
  • April 16, 2022 1:00 pm
  • April 17, 2022 1:00 pm