Glyndebourne continues to celebrate the genius of Handel with its first staging of Rinaldo, the work with which he made his sensational London debut - and the first Italian opera specifically created for the British stage. It is given a contemporary new twist through the eyes of Director Robert Carsen, who made his Festival debut with Lincoronazione di Poppea in 2008. Early music specialist Ottavio Dantone, Music Director of the acclaimed Italian period ensemble Accademia Bizantina conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The cast is headed by Sonia Prina in the title-role of the heroic crusader, with Anett Fritsch as his beloved Almirena, Brenda Rae as the seductive Saracen sorceress Armida, and Luca Pisaroni (last summers Leporello) as her duplicitous ally Argante, the King of Jerusalem.
Composer Georg Frideric Handel
Director Robert Carsen
Conductor Ottavio Dantone
Cast Sonia Prina, Anett Fritsch, Brenda Rae, Luca Pisaroni, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Tim Mead, William Towers
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Run time: 3 hours 10 minutes
Available in DVD and Blu-ray format