Tag Archives: Harry Bicket

Theodora, Royal Opera, January 2022

Handel, considered this his finest oratorio though it flopped with the public, but in Katie Mitchell’s new staging it was sublimely musical, and the performance compelling. Handel’s operas tend to be a sequence of recitatives and arias, but his oratorios have a far weightier role for the chorus, as in some modern operas — my review …

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Rodelinda, Metropolitan Opera live relay, December 2011

The Met first produced this Handel opera in the same production in 2004 with Renée Fleming in the title role. In this live cinema screening she took on the role again and gave a wonderful performance, showing the anguish of the queen who has apparently lost her husband Bertarido in battle, and is now wooed …

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