Celebrity, Scandal And Opera Genius

The premiere of Handel's Rodelinda in 1725 brought together two of the era's most celebrated divas, the castrato Senesio and the soprano Cuzzoni.

With egos, salaries and scandal creating as much interest as the opera, Derek Alsop investigates this lucrative and competitive world, and delves into what musically made Rodelinda such an instant and continuing favourite.

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The premiere of Handel's Rodelinda in 1725 brought together two of the era's most celebrated divas, the castrato Senesio and the soprano Cuzzoni.

With egos, salaries and scandal creating as much interest as the opera, Derek Alsop investigates this lucrative and competitive world, and delves into what musically made Rodelinda such an instant and continuing favourite.