A deposed King ignites a fight for the newly-vacant throne, only to return to his Kingdom in disguise. Complete with love triangles, death threats and Rene Fleming singing the lead, Rodelinda kicks off the first broadcast of the season from the Metropolitan Opera.
Written by Handel in 1725, this production by Stephen Wadsworth premiered in 2004 and is described by Alex Ross as “essentially perfect.” Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl accompany Fleming as leads. Harry Bicket, the British conductor known for specializing in Baroque music, conducts.
Rodelinda: Renee Fleming
Eduige: Stephanie Blythe
Bertarido: Andreas Scholl
Conductor: Harry Bicket
Production: Stephen Wadsworth
Set Design: Thomas Lynch
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