|Edwin Crossley-Mercer and Heiko Pinkowski (Photo: Wilfried Hösl)|
The opera plays into all of the 18th-century stereotypes and conventions of the time, including the title character literally going crazy over love and the tenor having to sing some ridiculously high falsetto notes.
Haydn composed Orlando Paladino in 1782, basing it on Ludovico Ariosto's 16th-century epic, Orlando Furioso, which inspired a few operas by Handel, Vivaldi and other composers of the time. The opera did not receive its first U.S. performance for two centuries, when it was performed in Philadelphia in 1982.
On a side note, Rodomonte's name is the source of the expression rodomontade, meaning "boastful, bragging talk"
Remaining perfomances are on July 25, 27, 29 and tickets and cast information is available online.