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On this week’s WCPE Opera House, I’m delighted to present George Frideric Handel’s Rinaldo, the first Italian-language opera written specifically for the London stage. A story of love, war and redemption, set at the time of the First Crusade, Rinaldo is loosely based on Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata ("Jerusalem Delivered"), and its staging involved many original and vivid effects. It was a great success with the public, despite negative reactions from critics hostile to the contemporary trend towards Italian entertainment in English theatres. The work was first performed at the Queen’s Theatre in London's Haymarket on February 24, 1711, and it is still regarded as one of Handel’s greatest operas.
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Goffredo (countertenor Paul Esswood), the Captain General of the Christian army, is leading his men in attacking Jerusalem. He has also promised the hand of his daughter, Almirena (soprano Ileana Cotrubas), to the Christian hero, Rinaldo (mezzo-soprano Carolyn Watkinson in a “trouser” role). Argante (bass Ulrik Cold), the Saracen King of Jerusalem, seeks a truce and works with the sorceress, Armida (soprano Jeanette Scovotti), to abduct Almirena. Rinaldo now is resolved to save Almirena but is intercepted by Armida who disguises herself as Alimirena. However, Rinaldo rejects her. Armida's anger is further aroused when Argante, thinking he is addressing Almirena, protests his love for her. Later, with the help of a magic want, Goffredo reaches Armida's magic mountain. Already, Rinaldo has arrived in Armida's garden and saved Almirena. With the help of Goffredo and his magic wand, the garden is turned into a desert. Argante and Armida, now reconciled, review their troops and the Christian forces prepare for battle in which they are victorious, thanks to the heroism of Rinaldo. Argante and Armida are taken prisoner. But after they convert to Christianity, they are pardoned.
Jean-Claude Malgoire conducts La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy in this 1977 Sony Classical recording.
Cecilia Bartoli sings Rinaldo’s Act 2 aria “Lascia ch’io pianga”:
Please join WCPE this Saturday afternoon, February 25th at 1:00 p.m. for the live Metropolitan Opera broadcast of Antonín Dvorák’s Rusalka, with Kristine Opolais singing the title role. Heard in other principal roles are Brandon Jovanovich (The Prince), Eric Owens (Water Gnome), Jamie Barton (Ježibaba), and Katarina Dalayman (Foreign Princess). Mark Elder conducts.
Next Thursday, March 2nd, please join me for Bedrich Smetana’s Libuše, a Czech rarity in which Princess Libuše (Gabriela Benacková) mediates a dispute between the brothers Chrudoš (Antonín Švorc) and Stáhlav (Leo Marian Vodicka). Her suitability to rule challenged, Libuše abdicates in favor of her husband Premsyl (Václav Zítek). Zdenek Košler conducts the Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra in this 1983 recording.
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