King Bertarido

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(Handel: Rodelinda). Cont. Travesti role (originally castrato). King of Lombardy, husband of Rodelinda and father of Flavio. He is reported killed in battle, and his enemy Grimoaldo wants to marry Rodelinda. Bertarido is helped by his old friend Unulfo to be reunited with his wife. Grimoaldo has him arrested and imprisoned. Unulfo helps him escape. When Garibaldo tries to kill Grimoaldo, supposedly his friend, Bertarido intervenes and kills Garibaldo. Grimoaldo renounces all claim to the throne and marries Bertarido's sister. Created (1725) by Senesino (the castrato Francesco Bernardi).

Subjects: Opera.

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