Rinaldo (G. Fr. Händeli ooper)

Opera by Georg Friedrich Händel in two acts
Libretto by Giacomo Rossi based on Aaron Hill and Torquato Tasso
World premiere on 24 February, 1711 at Queen’s Theatre
Premiere at the Estonian National Opera on 18 September, 2014

In Italian, with subtitles in Estonian and English
Approx running time 2 h 40 min
Strobe lights are used in the production.

Conductors: Andres Mustonen, Risto Joost
Stage Director: William Relton (England)
Designer: Cordelia Chisholm (England)
Lighting designer: Johanna Town (England)
Stage Director: William Relton
Movement Director: Kati Kivitar

William Relton: “When I first saw “Rinaldo”, nothing had prepared me for the delight that I felt while watching this masterpiece. It was his first opera written for London, not only that, it was the first opera in the Italian language to be written for the London stage. The premiere of “Rinaldo”, loosely based on Tasso’s epic poem “Gerusalemme liberata” (Jerusalem delivered), took place at the Queen’s Theatre in the Haymarket in early 1711 and was a huge hit. Gorgeous arias, a fabulous, extravagant plot, dramatic characters, all that one could wish for, were present. Conquest, magic, deception, thwarted love, betrayal, sex, violence, abduction, an heroic quest, battles; it seemed as if Händel had thrown every single theatrical device in the book at it. “Rinaldo” went on to be the most performed of Händel’s operas during his lifetime. The opera was so successful that it was revised fairly extensively in a new version in 1731, however we are basing our performing edition on the original 1711 score. And what of the music? Even for Händel this opera has a large number of “hit” arias that leaves one gasping. And then there is of course the incomparable “Lascia ch’io pianga” sung by Almirena in the middle of Act 2. One of Händel’s most beautiful and celebrated arias. A treat indeed!”

Rinaldo, ooper

Rahvusooper Estonia, Tallinn
Fri 12.05.2017 - 19:00 / 7.00 - 25.00 €

Rinaldo, ooper

Rahvusooper Estonia, Tallinn
Sat 10.06.2017 - 19:00 / 7.00 - 25.00 €