Hudson Hall to Present R.B. Schlather’s Production of ‘Rodelinda’

By David Salazar

Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House in New York will present Händel’s “Rodelinda” this October.

The production, which will be directed by R.B. Schlather, will star soprano Keely Futterer, mezzo-soprano Sun-Ly Pierce, tenor Karim Sulayman, mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz, bass-baritone Douglas Williams, and countertenor Brennan Hall.

The opera will be presented in a re-orchestration by Schlather and features the early music band Ruckus.

“Handel is my favorite composer to direct. ‘Rodelinda’ is a masterpiece, an example of Handel’s genius for beautiful music, character, drama, suspense, and resolution,” said Schlather in an official press statement. “Opera began as an experimentation with words/music/spectacle. This is my contemporary vision of that interconnectivity here at Hudson Hall: ad hoc, with radical musicians, thrillingly up close, and sustained by the talent of the region. After the uncertain years of pandemic shutdown, I can’t wait to welcome audiences to join us for this limited run of ‘Rodelinda,’ the beginning of a series of Handel happenings for this Victorian stage, thanks to Hudson Hall’s fearless support. Come experience the power of opera in the intimacy of New York State’s oldest surviving theater.”

Performances kick off on Oct. 20, 2023, and run through the 29th.