Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera return to Classical 90.5 this Saturday, December 3rd, at 11:00 a.m. with a performance of Rodelinda by George Frideric Handel, with a libretto in Italian by Nicola Haym. The performance will run approximately four hours and five minutes.
The story of Rodelinda is, not surprisingly, a little complicated. The action in takes place in the 7th century. Rodelinda is married to Bertarido, the rightful king of Milan, and the couple has a young son, Flavio. But Bertarido's throne has been stolen by Grimoaldo, a neighboring Duke, with help from his ally Garibaldo. Bertarido was forced into exile, leaving Rodelinda behind. After faking his own death, Bertarido returns in disguise to Milan. Grimoaldo doesn't know, and though he's engaged to Bertarido's sister Eduige, he has now decided that with Bertarido out of the picture, he wants Rodelinda instead.
After performing in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production of Rodelinda, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She’s joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.