"The finest music Handel ever wrote”

New York Classical Review

December, 2020
An absolute must for lovers of Handel, Rinaldo is a towering
Baroque opera
and a masterpiece of musical drama.

Thurs 3 Dec 7pm | Sat 5 Dec 2pm | Sun 6 Dec June 5pm | Tues 8 Dec 7pm | Wed 9 Dec 7pm

City Recital Hall Sydney

Rinaldo by Handel

In this magical tale of chivalry and cunning, the knight Rinaldo battles the scheming sorceress Armida to rescue his beloved Almirena.  This was the first Italian opera ever written for the London stage, and it catapulted the young Handel to fame and fortune with its brilliant display of arias, duets and orchestral effects, by turns ravishing and thrilling.

Countertenor Jake Arditti, who last wowed us as Nero in The Coronation of Poppea  (2017), returns to dazzle again as the heroic Rinaldo. Emma Pearson (Athalia, 2018) brings her golden and wonderfully flexible soprano to the evil sorceress Armida and Carlo Vistoli (Artaserse, 2018) brings his beautifully burnished countertenor tones to the role of Goffredo. Multiple Helpmann Award-winner Taryn Fiebig returns to Pinchgut to delight us in the role of Almirena.

Rinaldo is an undeniable show-stopper, with sublime arias, lush instrumentation and high drama. Experience the joy of Handel at his best, brought to life by one of the best early music companies in the world. This will be a performance not to be missed.

Performance of Rinaldo by Handel postponed

Due to the lasting impacts of COVID-19, we regret to announce the postponement of our performances of Handel’s Rinaldo

View the full statement regarding this postponement here.

Rinaldo was scheduled to perform at City Recital Hall from 3 - 9 December 2020

We understand how disappointing it can be hearing this news, but rest assured, we plan to program Handel’s much-loved masterpiece into a forthcoming season. 

If you currently hold tickets to our postponed concert performances of Rinaldo, you will receive an e-mail with options for those tickets shortly.


Handel Rinaldo

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

This performance will run for approximately 3 hours including an interval.

There will be a talk about the history of the piece 45 minutes before each performance on level 3, City Recital Hall.


Jake Arditti  -  "... show-stealing riches of vocal colour and stage presence" 


"Carlo Vistoli was magnificent, and his is the most beautiful countertenor voice I have heard on stage..."


"...the sweetest, most clearly coloured singing of the evening came from Taryn Fiebig ...
whose voice has an almost ideal mixture of fresh brightness, golden clarity and warmth." 


"Handel’s calling card Rinaldo still opening doors three centuries on"



Portrait of George Frideric Handel, by Philip Mercier, c 1730

History of Rinaldo

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Rinaldo Abandoning Armidaf rom 'Gerusalemme Liberata' by Torquato Tasso (1544-95)

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