RINALDO

 BY HANDEL

"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.

PROGRAM


Handel Rinaldo

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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

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.

REVIEWS


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

DAILY TELEGRAPH (UK)

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

BACHTRACK

"...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." 

PETER McCALLUM, SYDNEY MORING HERALD

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

BACHTRACK

Handel

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

History of Rinaldo

About Farnace

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

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