Théâtre des Champs Élysées


Georg Friedrich Haendel

Franco Fagioli, Julia Lezhneva and Karina Gauvin are dazzling in Handel's popular tale of a knight who tries to liberate Jerusalem

Oratorio in three acts HWV 7a (1711)
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi, after La Jérusalem délivrée from Torquato Tasso

Stefano Montanari  direction 

Franco Fagioli  Rinaldo
Julia Lezhneva  Almirena
Karina Gauvin  Armida
Daria Telyatnikova  Godefroy
Andreas Wolf  Argante
Terry Wey  Eustache

Il Pomo d’Oro


Approximate running time
1st part: 1h10 - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 1h30

The first opera created on British soil and a piece renowned for its vocal challenges, Rinaldo was probably Handel’s most successful work during his lifetime. Composed from a libretto telling the story of Rinaldo and the sorceress Armida, it received a rapturous reception. It was written in just two weeks, re-using tunes from previous works, as was the custom, and was performed at the Queen’s Theatre on 24 February 1711 with extravagant and incredibly sumptuous staging. It was often reprised during Handel’s career in London and was reworked several times to suit the availability and demands of performers.


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