On May 1st, “Hippolyte et Aricie”, Jean-Philippe Rameau’s first opera, premiered at the Nationaltheater Mannheim with Sophie Rennert as Phèdre. The production, under stage director Lorenzo Fioroni and musical director Bernhard Forck, is available free of charge for streaming at operavision.eu—a feast, an opulent feast, for the senses, a thrilling tale of love, lust, and despair, set to glorious music that has yielded not a whit of its awesome power despite having been slightly tightened up due to Corona restrictions.
A few days later, Sophie Rennert is expected in Reggio Emilia where she mounts the stage as Piacere in Handel’s “Il trionfo del tempo e del disinganno”, performed by the Accademia Bizantina with Ottavio Dantone at the rostrum.
For Goettingen’s International Handel Festival, restricted to online “venues” due to Covid, Sophie Rennert performs a concert, recorded to video for streaming and broadcast. “50 Shades of Love” offers works that George Frideric Handel wrote for voice or viola da gamba; Flora Fábri at the harpsichord provides for the basso continuo, and Matthias Bergmann plays the viola da gamba.
Last but not least: After the concert’s Covid-related cancellation last April, Grafenegg has rescheduled Schubert’s “Rosamunde”, with Sophie Rennert and the Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselboeck, for May.