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Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, HWV19
composer
first performed at the King's Theatre, London, on 13 February 1725
author of text
after Antonio Salvi's version of Pierre Corneille's Pertharite, Roi de Lombards

Recordings
'Handel: Operatic Arias' (CKD252)
Handel: Operatic Arias
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'Handel: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
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'Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1' (CDA66860)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
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Details
Act 1. Aria: Ombre, piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda)
Aria: Se’l mio duol non è sì forte (Rodelinda)

Rodelinda, regina de' Longobardi, HWV19
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For Rodelinda, regina de’ Longobardi Haym adapted a libretto by Antonio Salvi based on the tragedy Pertharite, roi des Lombards by Pierre Corneille, the leading seventeenth-century French playwright. This good literary source helped to give the opera an unusually coherent plot and strong characterization. It was first performed at the King’s Theatre on 13 February 1725, and was revived twice by Handel. The kingdom of Lombardy has been taken over by the usurper Grimoaldo. Bertarido, the true king, has escaped to Hungary, but his wife Rodelinda and their young son remain behind in the usurper’s power. Grimoaldo wants to legitimize his rule by marrying Rodelinda. He accordingly declares Bertarido to be dead, and sets up a funeral monument to him. Rodelinda’s aria ‘Ombre, piante’ in Act 1 is sung as she and her son visit this memorial in the cemetery of the Lombardic kings. It is wonderfully expressive of her sad thoughts, the halting phrases in both vocal line and accompaniment being echoed mournfully by a solo flute.

from notes by Anthony Hicks © 1996

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Details for CDS44271/3 disc 1 track 13
Act 1, Aria: Ombre, piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda)
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-86013
Duration
5'39
Recording date
27 September 1995
Recording venue
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1 (CDA66860)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: April 1996
    Deletion date: March 2007
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
  2. Handel: Opera Arias (CDS44271/3)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2007
    3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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