Haydn's Orlando Paladino from Brussels

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

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Of all Haydn's operas, this was the most popular in his lifetime and arguably his best, Orlando Paladino is described as "a comedy of errors in which most of the characters are in love with the wrong partner."

Orlando, literally crazy for love, searches for Medoro and Angelica, while Rodomonte tries to murder him, and the witch Alcina targets him with fiendish hexes. René Jacobs leads a sparkling production from the Klara Festival in Brussels.

Cast:

Conductor: René Jacobs

Orlando: Stéphane Degout (baritone)

Angelica: Sine Bundgaard (soprano)

Medoro: Magnus Staveland (tenor)

Alcina: Alexandrina Pendatchanska (soprano)

Rodomonte: Pietro Spagnoli (baritone)

Eurilla: Sunhai Im (soprano)

Pasquale: Victor Torres (baritone)

Caronte: Arttu Kataja (baritone)

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Papa HHaydn was a friend of the young Mozart and taught composition to the young Beethoven. He may very well have been the most beloved of classical composers, a delight to the ladies, but not a womanizer. He was one of the most prolific composers; 104 symphonies, eleven operas,61 string quartets, 5 masses, 80 marches, minuets, and German dances, 50 concertos, 200 pieces for baritone and lyra viol, sonatas for piano and violin, several quintets and a sextet, and oratorios including The Creation, The Seasons and The Seven Words of the Savior on the Cross. He lived to the age of 77 and died of grief in Vienna when the French occupied Vienna.
I am an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare," a Wagnerian heldentenor and the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. At my website, www.WagnerOpera.com, one may download at "Recorded Selections," free, 37 complete selections from the over one hundred I have sung in four three hour long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall. They are all LIVE performances. On Saturday June 9th, I will sing a program of 27 selections, BRING HIM HOME, that will deal with the love of country, the desire to return our valia.nt military to their families, and songs celebrating hope and pride, at the YOGA EXPO at the New Yorker Hotel, at 6 PM.

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