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Handel lovers have always regarded Rodelinda as one of the composer's greatest achievements. Now, Met audiences get to rediscover this masterpiece in a new production with "A-list" credits. ANDREW PORTER celebrates the debut.

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Joan Sutherland as Rodelinda and Phillip Gellhorn as Flavio in the Handel Opera Society's 1959 production at Sadler's Wells, London
The psychological complexities of the six characters in Rodelinda would do credit to an Iris Murdoch novel. - Nicholas Payne (program essay for the Welsh National Opera production of Rodelinda, 19...

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