HANDEL Rinaldo. Sonia Prina, Anett Fritsch, Brenda Rae, Luca Pisaroni, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Tim Mead, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Ottavio Dantone. Opus Arte DVD

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Handel Rinaldo Sonia Prina Anett Ottavio Dantone Opus Arte Dvd

HANDEL

Rinaldo

Glyndebourne

Rinaldo Sonia Prina

Goffredo Varduhi Abrahamyan

Eustazio Tim Mead

Almirena Anett Fritsch

Armida Brenda Rae

Argante Luca Pisaroni

A Christian Magician William Towers

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment / Ottavio Dantone

Stage Director Robert Carsen

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes August 201

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.

Rinaldo is given a contemporary new twist through the eyes of Director Robert Carsen, who made his Festival debut with L’incoronazione 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 summer’s Leporello) as her duplicitous ally Argante, the King of Jerusalem.

Skin-tight rubber and lacrosse sticks bring contemporary chic to this timeless fantasy of warriors and witches in Robert Carsen's fun-filled transformation of Handel's first London triumph. Conducting from the keyboard just as Handel himself did, Ottavio Dantone leads a youthful cast of today's luminaries in the dramatic art of Baroque opera, the 'affecting' Sonia Prina, the 'unadorned intensity' of Anett Fritsch and 'fire-breathing flair' (The Observer) of Brenda Rae.

What the press said:

‘‘A splendid cast and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted with a firm hand by Ottavio Dantone, kept one’s spirits up. Sonia Prina’s mezzo-soprano excelled.’’ The Telegraph

‘‘Great music, great orchestral playing, magnificent singing’’ Daily Express

Running time: 190 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

Opus Arte DVD OA1081D

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