Handel: Rodelinda - Fleming, Scholl

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Handel: Rodelinda - Fleming, Scholl

Fleming · Scholl · Kaiser · Blythe · Davies · Shenyang · Metropolitan Opera Orchestra · Bicket
Int. Release 01 Oct. 2012
1 Blu-ray Video
Blu-ray Disc 0440 074 3470 3 DH
An All-star Cast in a Handel Masterpiece


Track List

Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, Stephanie Blythe, Iestyn Davies, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Deborah Voigt

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Rodelinda, HWV 34

Act 1

3.
4:24

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Shenyang, Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

8.
4:03

Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Shenyang, Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

19.
0:45

Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Deborah Voigt

Deborah Voigt, John Sellars

Deborah Voigt, Stephanie Blythe, Stephen Wadsworth

Deborah Voigt

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Rodelinda, HWV 34

Act 2

Stephanie Blythe, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Renée Fleming, Iestyn Davies, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Iestyn Davies, Shenyang, Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Iestyn Davies, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

46.
0:23

Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

47.
7:41

Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Deborah Voigt

Harry Bicket, Deborah Voigt

Deborah Voigt

George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)
Rodelinda, HWV 34

Act 3

51.
1:01

Stephanie Blythe, Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Iestyn Davies, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

62.
1:49

Shenyang, Joseph Kaiser, Andreas Scholl, Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Iestyn Davies, Stephanie Blythe, Joseph Kaiser, Andreas Scholl, Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

65.
4:19

Renée Fleming, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Andreas Scholl, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Stephanie Blythe, Andreas Scholl, Iestyn Davies, Joseph Kaiser, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, Stephanie Blythe, Iestyn Davies, Shenyang, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Harry Bicket

Joseph Kaiser, Deborah Voigt

Total Playing Time: 3:20:08

Directed from the harpsichord by Harry Bicket, the orchestra delivers a nimble performance with some attractive pops of 18th-century colour from theorbo, Baroque guitar and recorders. On stage, Scholl's cool Bertarido and Iestyn Davies's mellifluous Unulfo make a pleasing contrast to Joseph Kaisers splenetic Grimoaldo, an antihero rich with psychological fault-lines. As Eduige, Stephanie Blythe displays handsome tones, while Shenyang sings the brutish role of Garibaldo with élan . . . Fleming, without whom none of this would be happening, is perplexing . . . an exquisite voice . . .

. . . vocal subtleties achieve their own high definition, and we can better appreciate the period theorbo and recorders that conductor Harry Bicket adds for flavoring in the pit. Via this medium, characters give every sign of communicating with one another, while the producer's agile camera focuses tightly on individual expressions to register the characterizations that are so crucial to Baroque opera's theater of personality. It also helps that this matinée in December 2011 finds Renée Fleming, as Rodelinda, and countertenor Andreas Scholl, as the deposed king Bertarido, in stronger vocal form than when the revival opened a month earlier. The soprano invests her high-speed passagework with convincing venom in arias such as "Morrai, sì" and, when the occasion demands, spins a subtle line, easing effortlessly in and out of trills . . . Her portrayal of the attractive, frantic heroine has matured to include moments of regal composure . . . With his poised legato and an idiosyncratic mix of bright and shadowy timbre, Scholl masterfully shapes the hero's mournful "Dove sei, amato bene?" and "Con rauco mormorio" . . . Joseph Kaiser, in the tenor role of Grimoaldo, and countertenor Iestyn Davies, as Unulfo, are welcome newcomers to the cast, while mezzo Stephanie Blythe repeats her effortlessly commanding Eduige . . . [Bicket's conducting is] cultivated and eloquent . . . [Stephen Wadsworth's] production is as telegenic as at the 2004 premiere, cinematic in its fluid use of revolving and elevator stages and refreshing in its focus on storytelling rather than conceptual novelty.

. . . ihr vielseitig cremiger Sopran durfte in unterschiedlichsten Rollen ungebremst strahlen und glitzern . . . Fleming singt ihre Rodelinda mit gleichmäßig schimmernder Süße . . . Andreas Scholl hat gegenüber seinem ebenfalls aufgezeichneten Bühnendebüt in der gleichen Rolle in Glyndebourne an Sicherheit und Männlichkeit gewonnen. Stephanie Blythe ist als Eduige eine geläufig-robuste Mezzogurgel . . . Joseph Kaiser im Frack singt den Widersacher als tenorstrahlenden Salonschurken.