RODELINDA

  

Counter-tenor Bejun Mehta and soprano Lisette Oropesa take the leading roles in one of the season's key attractions

After King Bertarido, Rodelinda's husband, is given up for dead, Grimoaldo usurps the throne and plans to marry her. This plot of love, power, ambition and contrasting characters belongs to one of Handel's most undeservedly neglected works, which he wrote at the height of his London career. Claus Guth tells the tale through the imagination and fears of Flavio, Rodelinda and Bertarido's son, in a production that respects the spirit of the music and the story immortalized in George Frideric Handel's masterly score. This admirable synthesis of the spirit of early 18th-century opera seria will be sung by a lavish cast headed by the great counter-tenor Bejun Mehta, a veritable expert in this repertory.

Rodelinda

Dramma in three acts. Libretto by Nicola Haym. World premiere: 13/02/1725 at the King's Theatre in London. First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.

Artistic profile

Conductor
Josep Pons
Stage director
Claus Guth
Revival
Marcelo Buscaino
Set design and costumes
Christian Schmidt
Coreography
Ramses Sigl
Dramatist
Konrad Kuhn
Lighting
Joachim Klein
Video
Andi A. Müller
Stage director assistant
Dario Iniella
Costumes assistant
Ulrike Zimmerman-Mattar
Coproduction
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real (Madrid), Opéra de Lyon and Oper Frankfurt
Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
Concertino
Lina Tur Bonet
Musical director assistant
David Bates
Musical assistants
Véronique Werklé, Rodrigo de Vera, Vanessa García and Jaume Tribó
Basso continuo
David Bates (Harpsichord), Daniel Espasa (Harpsichord and organ), Guillaume Terrail and Òscar Alabau (Cello), Giovanni Bellini (Theorbo), Joaquín Arrabal (Double Bass) and Guillermo Salcedo (Bassoon)

Cast

RodelindaLisette Oropesa
BertaridoBejun Mehta
FlavioFabián Augusto Gómez
GrimoaldoJoel Prieto
EduigeSasha Cooke
UnulfoGerald Thompson
GaribaldoGianluca Margheri

Debut Liceu

Debut role

March 2019

2Saturday20:00Turn CFee 4
5Tuesday20:00Turn HFee 5
8Friday20:00Turn BFee 4
11Monday20:00Turn AFee 5
13Wednesday20:00Turn DFee 5
15Friday20:00Turn EADFee 4

First part 1h 45m
Interval 30m
Second part 1h 35m

Approximate running time 3h 50m

Information of Interest

Playlist

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons why you shouldn't miss Rodelinda

  • The Liceu settles its debt with one of Handel's least known dramas.
  • A tale of love, hatred and power.
  • A fascinating show by Claus Guth.
  • The da capo aria at its most elegant.
  • One of the best late-Baroque operas.

 

Reasons not to miss'RODELINDA'

  • El Liceu salda el deute pendent amb un dels drames menys coneguts de Händel.
  • Una història d’amor, d’odi i de poder.
  • Espectacle fascinant de Claus Guth.
  • El triomf de l’ària da capo.
  • Una de les millors òperes del barroc tardà.