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Posted by on Dec 15, 2011 in Reviews | 0 comments

Renee’s Ravishing Rodelinda?

by Christie Connolley

Do you love Handel’s operas?  Then you may love the Met’s production of Rodelinda.  Aron Lamm with the Epoch Times has all the highlights (and lowlights) of the performance.  Check out the Operagasm Review Rundown!

Move over diva: “The cast is impressive: Renée Fleming as Rodelinda is, of course, by far the most famous in the cast, but in Handel-land, German countertenor Andreas Scholl as Bertarido is the real superstar.  Scholl’s unique, lush, velvety sound and perfect control brought more widespread attention to the male falsettos (who nowadays often play the roles originally written for castratos) when he arrived in the ‘90s.”

Now you can step aside divo: “…the stellar Iestyn Davies (Unulfo). Davis actually almost upstages Scholl from his small supporting role.”

Premature… uh… well… you get the picture: “The opera also has a problem in itself—namely, it peaks too early. The second act is amazing; the finishing duet between Scholl and Fleming, the tearful “Io t’abraccio” is the high point of the evening.”

Check out the full review here!


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