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date: 15 October 2019

Rodelinda [Rodelinda, regina de’ longobardi] (‘Rodelinda, Queen of the Lombards’)locked

  • Anthony Hicks

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[Rodelinda, regina de’ longobardi] (‘Rodelinda, Queen of the Lombards’)

Opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym adapted from Antonio Salvi’s Rodelinda, regina de’ longobardi (1710, Florence, Pratolino), after Pierre Corneille’s play Pertharite, roi des Lombards (1651, Paris); London, King’s Theatre, 13 February 1725.

Rodelinda was Handel’s seventh full-length opera for the Royal Academy of Music. It was produced in the same season as Tamerlanoand with the same singers: Francesca Cuzzoni (Rodelinda), the castratos Senesino and Andrea Pacini (Bertarido and Unulfo), Francesco Borosini (Grimoaldo), Anna Vincenza Dotti (Eduige) and Giuseppe Boschi (Garibaldo). The opera was very well received, achieving 14 performances, and was revived with additional arias at the King’s Theatre on 18 December 1725 as the second opera of the new season.

Handel gave Rodelinda one further revival, on 4 May 1731; cuts and substitutions (the ‘new’ items all being taken from other operas) make this the weakest of the composer’s own versions. A version prepared by Christian Gottlieb Wendt was given in Hamburg on ...

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