Georg Friedrich Handel
Rinaldo is renowned for its formidable vocal demands and was Handel’s greatest success during his lifetime.
Christophe Rousset © Eric Larrayadieu
Jason Bridges Goffredo
Sandrine Piau Almirena
Xavier Sabata Rinaldo
Christopher Lowrey Argante
Eve-Maud Hubeaux Armida
Tomislav Lavoie Mago
Christophe Rousset direction
Rinaldo, the first opera Handel composed after coming to England, is renowned for its formidable vocal difficulty and is one of the most frequently performed pieces by the musician worldwide. Written in just fourteen days, re-using – as was customary – music from Almira, Agrippina, Acis and Galatea, and Polifemo, it was performed at the Queen’s Theatre with extravagant staging and great pomp on 24 February 1711. It was frequently reprised throughout the musician’s lengthy London career and the score was reworked several times to suit the requirements and availability of the performers. Christophe Rousset is very familiar with Handel and the cast is equally experienced at performing this repertoire.
Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Sung in Italian with French subtitles