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    George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo, which is renowned for its daunting vocal challenges, was undoubtedly Handel’s most popular work during his lifetime, and indeed to this day.

    Carlo Vistoli
    Carlo Vistoli © Nicola Allegri
    Emőke Baráth
    Emőke Baráth © Szofia Raffay-Erato
    Thibault Noally
    Thibault Noally © DR

    Carlo Vistoli | Rinaldo
    Emőke Baráth | Armida
    Chiara Skerath | Almirena
    Lucile Richardot | Goffredo
    Anthea Pichanick | Eustazio
    Victor Sicard | Argante

    Thibault Noally | violin and direction
    Les Accents

    Rinaldo, the first opera composed by the musician on British soil and renowned for its daunting vocal challenges, was Handel’s most successful work during his lifetime. Composed around a libretto telling the story of Rinaldo and the magician Armida, it was an unprecedented hit. Written in fourteen days and incorporating arias from previous works, as was the custom at that time, it was performed on 24 February 1711 at the Queen’s Theatre, with extravagant and incredibly lavish staging, according to a number of eye-witness accounts. It was frequently revived throughout the composer’s London career and was reworked on several occasions to suit the availability and requirements of the performers. The pairing of Carlo Vistoli as Rinaldo and Emőke Baráth as Armida will showcase the vocal demands of this masterpiece.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    France Musique broadcasts this concert on the 24th of February 2024 at 8pm (Samedi à l'Opéra with Judith Chaine)