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The final Metropolitan Opera before the new year is Handel’s Rodelinda.

The final Metropolitan Opera before the new year is Handel’s Rodelinda.

In seventh century Lombardy, Queen Rodelinda’s throne has been usurped. Her husband, forced to flee Milan, returns in disguise, having spread the rumor that he has died.

The production played to great critical and popular acclaim when it opened at the met in 2004.

Stephen Wadsworth’s much-heralded production features Renée Fleming in the title role. She is joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Rodelinda plays live at the Rialto Theatre on Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. Doors open at 9.

Tickets are on sale now: adults and youth $21.95; children and seniors $18.95 (plus taxes). For more information, call 250-338-5502.

— Rialto Theatre