Duplicity and deceit. Schemes and secrets. You know, the usual.
The English Concert, a globe-crossing period instrument orchestra conducted by Harry Bicket, comes to Los Angeles in a single not-to-be-missed concert performance. This masterpiece of baroque opera is full of brazenly amoral characters doing dastardly deeds. Separated by war from her vanquished husband, Queen Rodelinda languishes in captivity—plotting a fearful revenge. As the men around her plot to take the throne, the queen tries to stay one step ahead of them all, while remaining faithful to the memory of her husband, presumed dead. (Key word: “presumed.“) Handel’s endlessly inventive score makes sense of it all. It’s one of his greatest operas—and he wrote dozens of them, so that’s saying something.
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Estimated running time: three hours, 50 minutes, including two intermissions
Performed in Italian with English subtitles
A presentation of The English Concert