Renee Fleming Stars in Rodelinda at the Bardavon December 3Nov 19th, 2011 | By HV Insider | Category: Entertainment
A revival of Handel’s opera starring Renee Fleming in the title role
The Bardavon is pleased to continue the The Met: Live in HD 2011-12 season, the Metropolitan Opera’s popular award-winning series of live transmissions. Join us at the Bardavon on Saturday, December 3 at 12:30pm to experience a revival of Handel’s Rodelinda.
Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She’s joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts. Rodelinda first performed in 1725, has long been considered one of Handel’s greatest works. The story is loosely based on the history of the Lombards, a wealthy and powerful migrant European people that invaded northern Italy in the late sixth century and ruled there for 200 years. Bertarido has been driven from the Milanese throne by the usurper Grimoaldo, a duke, who keeps the king’s wife, Rodelinda, and young son under house arrest, until the queen, who believes that her husband is dead, agrees to marry him. But the exiled king has survived and returns in disguise.
The Met: Live in HD at the Bardavon is made possible in large part through the generous support from the Jane Nuhn Charitable Trust. Additional support is also provided by the Dr. Edwin Ulrich Charitable Trust, The Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust as well as the Benjamin Strong Opera Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. The sponsor is Red Wing Properties and Package Pavement.
Lunch and Learn: The Bardavon and two local restaurants are pleased to partner on a very special opportunity for opera lovers to be nourished by knowledge and great food. At 11:30am, prior to each 1pm Saturday opera broadcast, ticket-holders are invited to enjoy an insightful talk on that day’s production lead by Leslie Gerber, who is a music teacher at Marist’s Center for Lifetime Studies and author of all HVP playbill liner notes. The Artist’s Palate (307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, 845.483.8074) will host lunches prior to broadcasts at the Bardavon, and Frank Guido’s Little Italy (14 Thomas Street, Kingston, 845.340.1682) will host for UPAC broadcasts. Please call the restaurants directly to make reservations.
The Met: Live in HD series was recently honored with a prestigious 2008 Peabody Award for its “vividly designed, smartly annotated productions of Hansel and Gretel, Doctor Atomic, Peter Grimes, and other operas. The Met employed state-of-the-art digital technology to reinvent the presentation of a classic art form. Additionally, The Met won a special Emmy Award in January 2009 for “advancing technology through ongoing, live, global transmission of high-definition programming to movie theaters.”
Tickets are $23 (Adult), $21.00 (Bardavon Member), and $16.00 (Children 12 and under) and are available at the:
Bardavon Box Office
35 Market Street
UPAC Box Office