Lucy Crowe / Rodelinda 1280x680 © Marco Borggreve

Dramma per musica in three acts (1725)

Music by Georg Friedrich Händel

Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym

Opera in concert in Italian

Monday, 20 April 2020, 7 pm

Content / Background

The throne of Lombardy has been captured by Grimoaldo: he has violently deposed the rightful ruler, Bertarido, and believes him to be dead. Now he plans to marry Bertarido’s widow Rodelinda. But Bertarido is still alive and returns in disguise to rescue his wife and little son. Grimoaldo’s henchman Garibaldo threatens Rodelinda’s son to try to blackmail her into marrying Grimoaldo. This scene is watched by Bertarido who thinks his wife is unfaithful. But she had only pretended to agree to the demand. When her fidelity becomes clear the couple fall into each other’s arms.  Grimoaldo catches them in the act and has his rival thrown into prison without recognising him as his old adversary. Bertarido is rescued by his sister Eduige and saves Grimoaldo from being murdered by Garibaldo. In the end, the usurper is so humbled by Bertarido’s humanity that he returns wife and land to him. The legend of the faithful Rodelinda provided to Handel the opportunity for developing art of the  highest order in a musical interpretation of passions, so Rodelinda became one the most successful works in the composer’s lifetime.

Cast

Conductor

Harry Bicket

Biography
Rodelinda

Lucy Crowe

Biography
Bertarido

Iestyn Davies

Biography
Grimoaldo

Joshua Elicott

Biography
Garibaldo

Brandon Cedel

Biography
Eduige

Jess Dandy

Biography
Unulfo

Anthony Roth Constanzo

Biography
Orchestra

The English Concert

Biography

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Rodelinda

Theater an der Wien,Wien

Date/Time Venue/Location Price Ticketlink
Mon, 20.04.20207:00 pm Rodelinda
Theater an der Wien, Linke Wienzeile 6Wien1060
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