Forced from his throne by invaders, Lombardy king Bertardio fakes his own death while planning his return. Meanwhile, Bertardio's wife, Rodelinda, must fend off the advances of his usurper. Handel's operatic tale is moved from medieval times to the 1700s in this stirring Met staging. Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Joseph Kaiser, and Stephanie Blythe star. 170 min. on two discs. Widescreen; Soundtracks: Italian DTS 5.1 Surround, PCM stereo; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian; featurette. In Italian with English subtitles.