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Rodelinda comes to the stage of the Teatro Real for the first time in a new production by one of today’s most acclaimed stage directors: Claus Guth. Ivor Bolton conducts, he is one of the leading names in this repertory. Of all the types of love described in operatic librettos - romantic, prohibited, family, love of power, love of country, or even love of self - the most infrequent is, precisely, conjugal love. Händel found the inspiration for his story in the Queen of Lombardy’s fidelity to her husband. This opera was destined to become one of his most highly regarded pieces from the moment of its 1725 premiere in London and this season it comes to Spain.

Starting Point

Of all the types of love described in operatic librettos - romantic, prohibited, family, love of power, love of country, or even love of self - the most infrequent is, precisely, conjugal love. Ahead of Beethoven's originality with Fidelio, an accolade of matrimonial loyalty, Händel found the inspiration for his story in the Queen of Lombardy’s fidelity to her husband. This was destined to become one of his most highly regarded operas from the moment it premièred in London in 1725. Now it arrives at the Teatro Real. Händel’s main character is Rodelinda, she remains faithful to Betarido although he is believed dead. The Queen resists marrying Grimoaldo. He is the usurper of Betarido's throne and wants to consolidate control over Milan with this wedding. Händel wrote captivating music, measured to the millimeter, to give authenticity to each emotive nuance. In this way, Rodelinda is a story brimming with texture and dramatic strength - not for nothing is it based on Pertharite, roi des Lombards, by Pierre Corneille -, where the foundations of marriage are claimed to be indestructible.

Essentials

'Rodelinda'

Opera in three acts

Music by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)


Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym, adaptation of the libretto Rodelinda, regina de 'longobardi by Antonio Salvi, based upon the play Pertharite, roi des Lombards by Pierre Corneille
 
Premiered at the King's Theatre of London, on 13 February 1725

Premiere at the Teatro Real

Production by the Teatro Real, in coproduction with the Neue Oper Frankfurt, the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona and the Opéra de Lyon

Principal Orchestra of the Teatro Real
(Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid)

Approximate running time

Production Team & Cast

  • Musical director: Ivor Bolton
  • Stage director: Claus Guth
  • Set and costume designer: Christian Schmidt
  • Lighting designer: Joachim Klein
  • Video design: Andi A. Müller
  • Dramaturg: Konrad Kuhn
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  • Rodelinda: Lucy Crowe (Mar. 24, 26, 29, 31 · Apr. 2, 5)
    Sabina Puértolas (Mar. 25, 30 · Apr. 1)
  • Bertarido: Bejun Mehta (Mar. 24, 26, 29, 31 · Apr. 2, 5)
    Xavier Sabata (Mar. 25, 30 · Apr. 1)
  • Grimoaldo: Jeremy Ovenden (Mar. 24, 26, 29, 31 · Apr. 2, 5)
    Juan Sancho (Mar. 25, 30 · Apr. 1)
  • Eduige: Sonia Prina (Mar. 24, 26, 29, 31 · Apr. 2, 5)
    Lidia Vinyes Curtis (Mar. 25, 30 · Apr. 1)
  • Unulfo: Lawrence Zazzo (Mar. 24, 26, 29, 31 · Apr. 2, 5)
    Christopher Ainslie (Mar. 25, 30 · Apr. 1)
  • Garibaldo: Umberto Chiummo (Mar. 24, 26, 29, 31 · Apr. 2, 5)
    José Antonio López (Mar. 25, 30 · Apr. 1)

Performance Dates

  • 24 MAR (F) 19:00h
    FINISHED
  • 25 MAR (S) 19:00h
    FINISHED
  • 26 MAR (S) 18:00h
    FINISHED
  • 29 MAR (W) 19:00h
    Turn A
  • 30 MAR (T) 19:00h
    Turn H
  • 31 MAR (F) 19:00h
    Turn D
  • 1 APR (S) 19:00h
    Turn B
  • 2 APR (S) 19:00h
    Turn F
  • 5 APR (W) 19:00h
    Turn Z
  • Place: Main Auditorium

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