Elza van den Heever Leads Metropolitan Opera’s ‘Rodelinda’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard / Met Opera)

Handel’s “Rodelinda” is set to return to the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in more than a decade.

Soprano Elza van den Heever makes her Met role debut singing the title character and is joined by a cast that includes countertenor Iestyn Davies as the king Bertarido, tenor Paul Appleby as Grimoaldo, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as Eduige, and countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as Unulfo. Bass-baritone Adam Plachetka rounds out the cast as Garibaldo.

The revival will feature Stephen Wadsworth’s production, which moves the action to Handel’s own time during the 18th century and features a set that spans 135 feet wide across the Met’s stage. Harry Bicket, who made his Met debut in 2011 conducting this production, returns to the podium.

“Rodelinda” will be performed five times between March 11–27 and will be broadcast on March 11 and 19, 2022 on Met Opera Radio on SiriusXM Channel 355 and on March 19, 2022 on the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.