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: Handel Opera Society

An opera in three acts
Libretto by Nicola Haym
English version by David Harris
Music by Handel
Cast in order of singing:
Philomusica of London
(Leader, Granville Jones )
Thurston Dart
(harpsichord continuo)
Producer, Anthony Besch
From Sadler's Wells Theatre, London
The action takes place in Milan in the sixth century
Act 1
Scene 1: Rodelinda's apartments
Scene 2: A cypress grove, burial place of the kings of Lombardy
8.20 app. Interval
8.30 app. Acr 2
Scene 1: A throne room in the palace Scene 2: A garden near the palace Scene 3: Rodelinda's apartments
9.16 app. Interval
9.25 app. Act 3
Scene 1: A courtyard in the palace
Scene 2: A dungeon
Scene 3: The palace gardens


Unknown: David Harris
Leader: Granville Jones
Conducted By: Charles Farncombe
Harpsichord: Thurston Dart
Producer: Anthony Besch
RODELINDA, queen of Lombardy, wife of the deposed Bertarido: Joan Sutherland
GRIMOALDO, usurper of Bertarido's throne: Alfred Hallett
THEORALDO Grimoaldo's accomplice: Raimund Herincx
EDUIGE, sister to Bertarido: Janet Baker
BERTARIDO, former king of Lombardy: Margreta Elkins
UNOLPO, a young nobleman, Bertarido's friend: Patricia Kern


or A taste of tripe by Gerda L. Cohen
Councillors and local citizens played by Eric Francis. Harold Reese and others
Yuffle improvised by Johnny Dankworth and his Group
Produced by Sasha Moorsom
Everyone concerned with reviewing the arts has to ' do ' a festival at some time or another. After being ' soaked and starved in the interests of culture last year' the author decided to write this work. The town of Cold Umbrage is situated in the North of England, somewhere between Bolton and Liverpool.


Unknown: Gerda L. Cohen
Played By: Eric Francis.
Played By: Harold Reese
Unknown: Johnny Dankworth
Produced By: Sasha Moorsom
Narrator: Carleton Hobbs
Mayor: Trevor Martin
Mrs Hatchet: Violet Carson
Mr Creep: Martin Starkie
Lady Gnashing: Eleanor Summerfield
Pike: Frank Windsor
Dr Clavierbung: Denis Goacher
Suprano: Isla Cameron

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