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Rinaldo
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Rinaldo

Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759)
May
02
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Opera seria in three acts
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi
Duration: 3h
Incl. 1 intermission
CHF: 30.00 - 200.00
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May 2021
Sunday
02
May 2021
17:00
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Wednesday
05
May 2021
19:00
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Friday
07
May 2021
20:00
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Sunday
09
May 2021
15:00
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In this chivalrous saga, the crusader Rinaldo fights against the plotting of the magician Armida in order to rescue his beloved Almirena.

Drawing his inspiration from an excerpt from the poem Jerusalem Delivered from La Tasse, the young Handel composed with Rinaldo his very first opera for the London public. It was an immediate success in a city where Purcell’s death almost twenty years earlier (1695) had left a musical desert. Handel thus became the great musician that London had been waiting for, destined for a great career, and introduced Italian opera to England.

Handel wrote Rinaldo in record time-only fifteen days. As was often the case at the time, he reused several melodies from his earlier works. Rinaldo becomes a pasticcio of Handel’s most beautiful pages such as Cara sposa, Venti, turbini, prestate or even Lascia ch’io pianga.

Andrea Marcon
Musical Director
Robert Carsen
Stage Director and Lighting
Philippe Jaroussky
Rinaldo
Anett Fritsch
Almirena

Opera seria in three acts
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi
First performance on February 24, 1711
at the Queen’s Theatre in London

Alkor – Editions Kassel

Almirena
Anett Fritsch
Goffredo
Carlo Vistoli
Rinaldo
Philippe Jaroussky
Eustazio
Kangmin Justin Kim
Argante
José Antonio López
Armida
Arianna Vendittelli
Araldo
Jean Miannay
Musical Director
Andrea Marcon
Stage Director and Lighting
Robert Carsen
Realisation
Francesca Gilpin
Décors et costumes
Gideon Davey
Lighting
Peter van Praet
Chorégraphie
Philippe Giraudeau

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