Handel: Rodelinda / Fleming, Scholl, Kaiser, Blythe, Bicket

Release Date: 10/22/2012
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: B001745109
Conductor: Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2

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Renée Fleming and Andreas Scholl lead a superb cast in Stephen Wadsworth’s celebrated production of Handel’s Rodelinda from the Metropolitan Opera – based on the "Live in HD" transmission to cinemas worldwide.

The title role is unique in featuring no less than eight magnificent arias. Renée Fleming’s triumph in the first run of the production was hailed by The New York Times, "Ms Fleming draws on every resource of her artistry in this portrayal: luminous sound, exquisite ornamentation, floating high notes, emotional volatility."

Playing opposite her is countertenor star, Andreas Scholl, as King Bertarido, assumed dead, but returning to reclaim his throne and his queen.

This handsome period production sets the drama of public and private passion in the Milan of Handel’s own time – majestically presented in the set designs of Thomas Lynch and the lavish costumes of Martin Pakledinaz.
Works on This Recording
1. Rodelinda, HWV 19 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Renée Fleming (Soprano), Shenyang (Bass Baritone), Stephanie Blythe (Mezzo Soprano), Joseph Kaiser (Tenor), Andreas Scholl (Countertenor), Iestyn Davies (Countertenor)
Conductor: Harry Bicket
Orchestra/Ensemble: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1725 ; London, England
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