Following its hugely acclaimed premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Richard Jones’s ingenious English National Opera production of Handel’s Rodelinda will now return to the London Coliseum this Autumn, opening on Thursday 26 October, 2017, for just six performances.
One of Handel’s great operatic masterpieces, Nicola Francesco Haym’s libretto follows the travails of the queen Rodelinda and her fidelity to her husband Bertarido, presumed dead but returned to his kingdom in disguise. Jones’s production sets Handel’s bitter political drama in Fascist Italy, infusing it with the aesthetic of the surveillance state and authoritarian menace.
Among the returning faces are soprano Rebecca Evans in the title role and baroque specialist Christian Curnyn as conductor, along with ENO favourite Susan Bickley as the rightful king’s sister, Eduige. They will be joined by countertenor Tim Mead as Bertarido, rising Spanish tenor Juan Sancho as the villainous Grimoaldo, and Neal Davies as Garibaldo.
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