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Rodrigo

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Deutsches TheaterGöttingen, Lower Saxony, 37073, Germany
May 17 18:00, May 19 17:00, May 20 15:00, May 22 19:00, May 25 15:00, May 26 17:00
Festival: Göttingen International Handel Festival
Performers
Laurence CummingsConductor
Walter SutcliffeDirector
Dorota KarolczakSet Designer, Costume Designer
Fflur WynSopranoEsilena
Russell HarcourtCountertenorEvanco
Silvia FrigatoSopranoFlorinda
Erica EloffSopranoRodrigo
Leandro MarziotteCountertenorFernando
Jorge Navarro-ColoradoTenorGiuliano
FestspielOrchester Göttingen

For a long time, a large portion of Handel’s early opera Rodrigo was thought to have been lost. It was not until 1974 that the printed libretto turned up again, and nine years later the third act was found in the Earl of Shaftesbury’s Handel collection. On August 29, 1984,  finally, the work was revived during the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music conducted by Alan Curtis, and in 2019 it’s on the programme at the Göttingen International Handel Festival.

The opera narrates a freely adapted version of the end to the regency of the Last Visigoth King Roderich. In the libretto by Francesco Silvani, however, the reason behind it is less the lust for power on the part of his opponents than the thirst for vengeance of his spurned mistress. It was back in 1707 in Rome that George Frideric Handel wrote Vincer se stesso è la maggior vittoria (which translates as “To overcome oneself is the greater victory”), which is Rodrigo’s real title. The opera was not commissioned by Principe Ferdinando de’ Medici, as researchers had for a long time assumed, but nonetheless it paved the way for Handel’s further sojourn in Italy.

Pre-performance talks 

Prof. Donald Burrows
May 17, 5 pm
Dr. David Vickers
May 25, 2 pm / May 26, 4 pm
Deutsches Theater Göttingen, DT-X Keller Duration approx. 30 min. / Admission with ticket for any opera performance

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