Handel

Rodelinda

"This superior Rodelinda set a standard. One that the Metropolitan will be pressed to surpass in 2003-2004 when its production reaches the stage". New York Magazine

For the first time in Ireland OTC toured with an orchestra playing on the original instruments - the London Baroque Sinfonia. One of the greatest works of the eighteenth century, this production of Rodelinda toured to eight theatres with ten performances. Laurence Cummings conducted and James Conway directed, design was by Neil Irish and Lighting Design by Simon Corder. The cast featured Helen Williams, Jonathan Peter Kenny, Yvonne Howard, Nicholas Sears and Charles Johnston.

Rodelinda is a celebration of love and fidelity in marriage, against all odds. The opera also has a special resonances of OTC as it tells the story of the parents of young Flavio - whose later exploits were dramatised in the company's vibrant production of Flavio in 1994/5 and which was described by The Observer as "the best Handel opera performance in living memory"

7 Venue nationwide tour with 9 performances

Fri 30 April 1999 Cork Everyman Palace Theatre
Sat 1 May 1999 Cork Everyman Palace Theatre
Thur 6 May 1999 Galway Town Hall Theatre
Sat 8 May 1999 Sligo Hawk's Well Theatre
Mon 10 May 1999 Mullingar Mullingar Arts Centre
Thurs 13 May 1999 Dublin RDS
Fri 14 May 1999 Dublin RDS
Sun 16 May 1999 Wexford Wexford Theatre Royal
Fri 21 May 1999 Coleraine Riverside Theatre

"Quite simply the recent OTC's production of Handel's Rodelinda, was the best presentation of anything by Handel that I have experienced in 40 years of music and opera."
Sunday Tribune
"I have tried to make a point of catching Opera Theatre Company's work whenever possible, and have been rewarded with two of the best stagings of operas by Handel that I have seen anywhere in the world."
Sunday Times
"The director, James Conway, drew dramatically confident performances from his cast... the countertenor Jonathan Peter Kenny captures the torment of the character... his tone is sweet and well focused"
New York Times

Production Information

Cast

Rodelinda, Queen of Bertarido Helen Williams
Bertarido, Exiled King, presumed dead Jonathan Peter Kenny
Edwige, Sirster of Bertarido Yvonne Howard
Grimoaldo, Duke, claimant to the kingdom, betrothed to Edwidge Nicholas Seers
Garibaldo, Rebel duke, ally of Grimoaldo Charles Johnston
Flavio, son of Rodelinda and Bertarido Nicholas Armstrong, Simon Gobbins, Sean Thermos, Paul Cahill, Jonathan Beales,
  Darragh Joyce, Gearoid MacTiarnain, Alex Griffin

Creative Team

Conductor Laurence Cummings
Director James Conway
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Simon Corder

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