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Haydn: Orlando Paladino


For more than 25 years René Jacobs has dedicated his life to baroque operas and works with the best ensembles for early music. On the occasion of the Haydn Year the renowned Freiburger Barockorchester and outstanding baroque opera singers such as Marlis Petersen, Alexandrina Pendatchanska, Pietro Spagnoli and Tom Randle present Haydn’s most successful opera at the Berliner Staatsoper.

"Orlando Paladino", written in 1782, was Haydn's most famous opera during his lifetime, with thirty performances in Esterháza in the first two years after its composition. The libretto, a "drama eroicomico", gives scope to Haydn's frequently puckish sense of humor, as well as for his inventive melodic expression. Most semi-serious operas of the period typically inserted comic characters into an essentially serious story but Haydn expanded the comedy even into the more serious scenes.

"One of the best works in 18thcentury music theatre" - Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Production Notes

  • Theatre Company
  • Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin
  • Country
  • Germany
  • Parental rating
  • Parental rating information not available.
  • Duration
  • 167 minutes
  • Original language
  • Italian
  • Subtitles
  • English
  • In theaters
  • No
  • Category / Genre
  • Opera

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