Jean-Marie Villégier’s stylish production of Rodelinda sets Handel’s tale of royal exile and fidelity in the silent movie era. The composer’s ravishing music is perfectly set off by the sophisticated glamour and visual daring that characterised the birth of cinema. The production stars the original cast, including Anna Caterina Antonacci in a glamorous and dramatic portrayal of Rodelina, the sensational counter tenor Andreas Scholl as Bertarido, Louise Winter as Eduige and Kurt Streit as Grimoaldo. William Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Directed by Jean-Marie Villégier
For his Glyndebourne staging, radical American director Peter Sellars takes George Frideric Handel’s English oratorio – a tale of self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard in fourth-century, enemy-occupied Antioch – and, by resetting it in modern-day America, transforms it into a timeless parable of spiritual resistance to tyranny and persecution. The title role is taken by American soprano Dawn Upshaw, with David Daniels as the Roman officer, Didymus, Frode Olsen as Valens, Richard Croft as Septimius and Lorraine Hunt as Irene. William Christie conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Directed by Peter Sellars
A NIGHT WITH HANDEL
Handel is a thoroughly ‘modern’ composer whose genius for expressing human emotions is undimmed by time. This performance-based film of arias set in contemporary London by night, A Night with Handel, stylishly dramatises some of the composer’s most beautiful arias, linked together over the course of one night in present-day London. Presented by Handel biographer Jonathan Keates, the arias are specially recorded by world-class singers: John Mark Ainsley, Sarah Connolly, Rosa Mannion, Claron McFadden, Alastair Miles and Christopher Robson, accompanied by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Conducted by Harry Bicket