The Royal Theatre in the Old Orangery in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw
Rodelinda is widely considered to be one of Georg Friedrich Handel’s finest operas. After its premiere on the 13th of February 1725 at the King’s Theater in London, the performance was shown thirteen more times. The reopening of the opera with a new cast in 1731 proved equally successful. The work was also staged in Hamburg (in 1735 and 1736), only to disappear from opera houses for almost two hundred years. In 1920, Rodelinda, happily rediscovered by Oskar Hagen, a lecturer in art history at the University of Göttingen, inaugurated the triumphant return of Handel’s works to opera stages.
Handel’s love of opera is no secret. Having composed over forty titles, he devoted half of his creative life to this genre, investing not only his health and energy but also financial resources. The creation of Rodelinda coincides with the heyday of Handel’s Royal Academy of Music, generously supported by King George I.
The compact, very well-written libretto was prepared by Nicola Francesco Haym on the basis of an earlier libretto by Antonio Salvi, and the plot has its source in the works of Paul the Deacon of Aquileia, who, in his History of the Lombards, recalls the story of the faithful and steadfast Queen Rodelinda. It is also possible that Handel himself participated in the final editing of the text used in the opera. The narrative is perfectly reflected in the clear and well-planned dramatic form of the work. Contrasting affects carry powerful emotions – love and hate, despair and hope.
RODELINDA OLGA PASIECZNIK
BERTARIDO KACPER SZELĄŻEK
GRIMOALDO SYLWESTER SMULCZYŃSKI
EDUIGE NATALIA KUKHAR
UNULFO RAFAŁ TOMKIEWICZ
GARIBALDO ARTUR JANDA
FLAVIO FRANCISZEK KACZOROWSKI
GUARDS SŁAWOMIR JURCZAK, PAWEŁ LIPOWSKI, MIKOŁAJ ZGÓDKA
CONDUCTOR KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA
The seats in the auditorium are not numbered.
PLEASE NOTE: the entrance to the Royal Theatre in the Łazienki Park is located in Agrykola street.
One hour before the performance as well as for an hour after it is finished, the audience can use the electric cart running between the Royal Theater and the Łazienki Gate at the corner of Myśliwiecka / Agrykola streets.
We kindly encourage you to read the rules of participation in cultural events organized by the Polish Royal Opera:
- If you are not feeling well, are ill, or had contact with an infected person – stay at home.
- Please, take a face mask with you. On entering the Theatre building, you are obliged to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose.
- At the entrance to the building, please have your temperature taken.
- Disinfect your hands after entering the Theatre building.
- Please remember to sign the Participant Declaration. If possible, please bring the printed and signed declaration with you, if not – fill it in in the Theatre, in the area shown by the staff.
- Take the seat assigned to you by the staff.
- Please come earlier – latecomers will not be allowed into the auditorium.
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- Disinfectants are available at the entrance to the building.
- At the entrance to the building, staff may take your temperature.
- The common spaces and sanitary rooms are disinfected regularly.
- Only 50% of the seats in the auditorium will be available.
- We keep a safe distance.
Should you have any questions, we are at your disposal on site of the event or at the phone number +48 500 309 424.