Armida From the Rossini Opera Festival

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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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.

Cast:

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

Comments [1]

Sanford Rothenberg from Brooklyn

Tasso's "Gerusalemme Liberata",completed in 1575,has indeed inspired many musical settings,including those of Lully,Gluck,and Salieri,in addition to those noted in the blog.An argument can be made for Handel's "Rinaldo" as the best of these adaptations.Armida riding on her dragon may well have the best mode of transportation in opera,surpassing Lohengrin's Swan Boat,and the carts of Fricka and Porgy,drawn by a ram and a goat respectively.

Nov. 20 2014 09:40 AM

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