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Rinaldo is the opera that opened the doors of London to Handel. In 1711, after a tour of Italy, to major success and great acclaim, young Handel, then aged twenty-six, decided to write an opera seria for the English capital; it was also the first opera “in Italian, expressly composed for an English stage”.
Still close to the Venetian style, Rinaldo tells the tumultuous story of the love of Rinaldo and Armida, steeped in war and sorcery. Trumpets and drums, arias of madness and fury, love duets, despair and bravery set the stage on fire for three hours, with a colourful and energetic orchestra score : The success of Rinaldo imposed Handel to London for the remainder of his career!
As co-director of Handel’s wonderful opera seria, Jean-Christophe Spinosi has brought together an ideal cast!
"Cara sposa", extract from Rinaldo - Filippo Mineccia & Ensemble Nereydas
Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759)