The story of the sorceress Armida, from Torquato Tasso's epic poem "Jerusalem Liberated," has been set by several great composers, including Dvorak, Handel and Haydn, as well as any number of lesser lights. But of all those versions, Rossini's lively opera just may be the best.
Host Lisa Simeone presents Rossini's Armida straight from the source, the annual Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy, the composer's hometown. The stars are soprano Carmen Romeu in the title role and tenor Antonino Siragusa as Rinaldo, in a production led by conductor Carlo Rizzi.
Armida: Carmen Romeu (soprano)
Rinaldo: Antonino Siragusa (tenor)
Gernando/Carlo: Dmitry Korchak (tenor)
Idraote/Astarotte: Carlo Lepore (bass)
Goffredo/Ubaldo: Randall Bills (tenor)
Eustazio: Vassilis Kavayas (tenor)
Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale, Bologna
Carlo Rizzi, conductor