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Orlando Paladino (2009)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | TV Movie 25 May 2009
In the Summer of 2009, the British director Nigel Lowery and the Iranian choreographer Amir Hosseinpour brought to the stage of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, with colour and full... See full summary »


Andreas Morell


Nunziano Porta (libretto)

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Cast overview:
René Jacobs René Jacobs ... Himself - Dirigent
Marlis Petersen Marlis Petersen ... Angelica
Freiburger Barockorchester Freiburger Barockorchester ... Themselves - Orchester
Pietro Spagnoli Pietro Spagnoli ... Rodomonte
Tom Randle Tom Randle ... Orlando
Magnus Staveland Magnus Staveland ... Medoro
Sunhae Im Sunhae Im ... Eurilla
Victor Torres Victor Torres ... Pasquale
Alexandrina Pendatchanska Alexandrina Pendatchanska ... Alcina
Arttu Kataja Arttu Kataja ... Licone / Caronte


In the Summer of 2009, the British director Nigel Lowery and the Iranian choreographer Amir Hosseinpour brought to the stage of the Berlin State Opera Unter den Linden, with colour and full of humour, the fantastic and imaginative adventures of "Racing Roland". On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn, the composer's most renowned opera during his lifetime,Orlando Paladino, was performed, a heroic-comical stage piece based on Ariost's famous Versepos. Singers such as Marlis Petersen (Angelica), Tom Randle (Orlando), Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Alcina), Pietro Spagnoli (Rodomonte), Sunhae Im (Eurilla) and Victor Torres (Pasquale) performed under the musical direction of period-music specialist René Jacobs. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra completed this high-class production giving the music a beautiful sound and lively swing. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Musical





Germany | France



Release Date:

25 May 2009 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Haydn Orlando Paladino See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Outstanding musical values and performances make this a very good production
16 November 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Although I have always been an opera fanatic, I had never heard any Haydn opera until now(I am much more familiar with his symphonies). While it is too soon at the moment to determine whether Orlando Paladino will be a favourite of mine, it still is quite a find. And this is a very effective production. The stage and sets do look rather stark and bare in places and Tom Randle's acting has a tendency to be ever so slightly broad. However, the costumes are good, and the DVD has truly great picture and sound quality. The staging is at least compelling even when it has an almost bizarrely surreal touch to it, the comedy aspects are done in a lively and imaginative way and the opera seria parts moving. The musical values are outstanding, the orchestral playing is stylish and impeccably tuned with great tonal and textural balances. Rene Jacobs' conducting moves things along brilliantly, nothing gets dull when he's on the podium. The performances are just as impressive. Alexandrina Pendatchanska, an outstanding Elisabetta in Roberto Devereux is an involving Alcina, particularly dazzling at the end. Tom Randle sings wonderfully and has a lot of energy even if he occasionally goes overboard in the broad style of acting. Pietro Spagnoli gives one of the best performances that I've seen from him, he is a deft comic actor and he is suitably sly. Magnus Staveland doesn't really have all that much to his role, but he does what he can with it and sings beautifully. Sunhae Im and Victor Torres are dynamite as Eurilla and Pasquale, their physical acting is just a riot. So all in all, a very good production, though there will be people who won't be so receptive to it. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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