Handel: Rodelinda / Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, Stephanie Blythe / Matthew Diamond, Harry Bicket, MET [Blu-Ray]

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Renee 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. Renee Fleming's triumph in the first run of the production was hailed by The New York Times as 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 Decca Classics countertenor star, Andreas Scholl, as King Bertarido, assumed dead, but returning to reclaim his throne and his queen.

The 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.

This major Met release will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

Renee Fleming and Andreas Scholll lead a superb cast in Stephen Wadsworth's celebrated production of Handel's Rodelina 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. Renee 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 Decca Classics counter tenor star, Andreas Scholl, as king Bertarido, assumed dead, but returning to reclaim his throne and his queen.

The handsome period production sets the drama of public and private passion on the Milan of Handel's own time - majestically presented in the set designs of Thomas Lynch and the lavish costumes of Martin Pakledinaz.

This major Met release will be available on both DVD and Blu-ray.

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Baroque specialist Harry Bicket leads a reduced Met orchestra - with the addition of a pair of harpsichords (one of which he plays to accompany the recits), a pair of recorders, a theorbo, and Baroque guitar - with verve, attention to detail, urgency, and few requests for heavy vibrato. Picture and sound are superb. As far as the competition is concerned, an updated production from Munich (on Farao) by David Alden is more interesting, and Dorothea Röschmann is a better Rodelinda; but the two countertenors are not nearly as good. Another, from Glyndebourne (Kultur), finds Scholl in better voice but acting stiffly and with Anna Caterina Antonacci a passionate if slightly veristic Rodelinda. You can't go wrong with any of the three: all give honest, interesting readings of this beautiful, noble work.



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