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Review of Handel's Rodelinda

6 April 2018

Director Max Hoehn’s production was worthy of one of the highest accolades, in my book; namely, being so effective in its simplicity as almost not to be noticed. Black predominated throughout, with carefully placed swathes of scarlet; the effect was deliberately oppressive on the eyes, which rendered all the more effective the moments when changes of colour were introduced. Gestures and movement had clear overtones of baroque stagecraft, while remaining unaffected and natural…

I ought not to conclude without saying that the performance was given in English (without surtitles), in a translation based on one by AVJ [Dr Andrew Jones] – but the fact that I have left this revelation to the very end signifies how untroubling the performance language was in the face of such a direct, powerful production.

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