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Maxim Emelyanychev conductor
Elizabeth DeShong Rinaldo
Tim Mead Goffredo
Jakub Józef Orliński Eustazio
Giulia Semenzato Almirena
Kristina Mkhitaryan Armida
Brandon Cedel Argante
James Hall A Christian Magician
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Robert Carsen director
Christian knight Rinaldo loves Almirena, but she has been kidnapped by the scheming sorceress Armida. A magical battle of wits and wills ensues between Rinaldo’s Crusaders and the Saracen army, as the fate not just of two lovers but two nations hangs in the balance.
Carsen’s exuberant schoolroom staging brings out all the energy and excess in Handel’s first opera for the London stage. The composer’s colourful, tune-filled score – bright with brass fanfares and memorable arias including ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’ – is one of his finest, sweeping the audience from laughter to love and back again, in this exotic, East-meets-West musical fantasy.
Fresh from her triumph in 2017’s La traviata, Kristina Mkhitaryan returns to Glyndebourne as Armida, with American mezzo Elizabeth DeShong playing the title role. Rising young baroque specialist Maxim Emelyanychev conducts.
A free shuttle bus service meets selected London trains at Lewes station on performance days, and returns you to Lewes later in the evening. Visit the Glyndebourne website for more details.