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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: Opera Arias' (CDS44271/3)
Handel: Opera Arias
Buy by post £16.50 CDS44271/3  3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1' (CDA66860)
Handel: Opera Arias and Overtures, Vol. 1
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) CDA66860  Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3  
Details
Act 1. Aria: Ombre, piante, urne funeste! (Rodelinda)
Track 13 on CDA66860 [5'39] Archive Service; also available on CDS44271/3
Track 13 on CDS44271/3 CD1 [5'39] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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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