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Rodelinda, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

Rodelinda, Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

A stylish new production of a Handel classic deserves to enter the repertoire

Eduige (Rosie Aldridge) plots her most stylish revenge on GrimoaldoChris Christodoulou

A highlight of the London Handel Festival’s annual season is the opera, generally chosen from one of the dustier, more spidery corners of the composer’s repertoire. What a surprise then to see Rodelinda taking its turn this year. An undisputed classic, it’s also the opera that played perhaps the biggest part in reviving Handel’s fortunes on the stage in the 20th century. With aria after aria of generous and dramatic vocal writing and plenty of crowd-pleasing numbers, it’s also a natural showcase for the young singers of the Royal College of Music – perhaps the only ones having more fun than their audience last night.

Dennis has matured into her stage presence, delivering a performance of serious vocal class that set the curve for her colleagues

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