May 20–June 1, 2020


Rodelinda (HWV 19)

War is raging in Lombardy: Grimoaldo has usurped the throne. The rightful heir Bertarido flees, leaving behind his wife Rodelinda and his son Flavio. Grimoaldo makes advances to Rodelinda, and off ers to restore her to the throne as his wife. She indignantly declines his proposal. A web of intrigue fuelled by love, jealousy, blackmail and “fake news” takes its fateful course. Will Rodelinda be able to rescue herself and her son?

At the pinnacle of his mastery, Handel composed one of his most potent works in 1724/25. The title role is sung by the young soprano Christina Gansch, who following her first appearance at the Göttingen International Handel Festival in 2014 has achieved a soaringly successful international career. With her on stage are several stars from former Festival operas: Christopher Lowrey (most recently Arminio 2018), Thomas Cooley (Tamerlano 2010), Franziska Gottwald (Tamerlano 2010), William Berger (most recently Imeneo 2016) and Owen Willetts (most recently Arminio 2018).

pre-performance talk german and english

2 pm
DT-2 (dt.), DT-X Keller (engl.)
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Rodelinda (HWV 19)

Rodelinda (HWV 19)

31 May 2020
3 pm
Duration: approx. 4 hrs
Deutsches Theater Göttingen
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Christina Gansch Soprano – Rodelinda
Christopher Lowrey Countertenor – Bertarido
Thomas Cooley Tenor – Grimoaldo
Franziska Gottwald Mezzo-soprano – Eduige
William Berger Baritone – Garibaldo
Owen Willetts Countertenor – Unulfo

FestspielOrchester Göttingen
Laurence Cummings Musical director

Dorian Dreher Stage director
Hsuan Huang Stage and costume designer
Markus Piccio Lighting designer 

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