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HANDEL Rinaldo - Trailer [2020 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino]

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Frideric Handel was one of those rare composers who excelled in both sacred, secular, instrumental and operatic music, leaving us extraordinary masterpieces in every field. Already renowned in Italy, Handel introduced himself to the city of London with his opera Rinaldo in 1711, which was such a success that he decided to remain in England for good. It is still regarded as one of his greatest operas. Set during the Crusades, Rinaldo is a lavish spectacle that tells a story of love, magic, struggles for power and ultimate reconciliation. Pier Luigi Pizzi’s acclaimed production brings us into a ‘dreamlike, unreal … world of spells and incantations’. (Epoca).

This particular production by Pier Luigi Pizzi, conceived in 1985 for Teatro Romolo Valli in Reggio Emilia, has since travelled to some twenty major opera houses worldwide. Putting aside practical cuts and a few displacements of musical numbers, its durable attraction lies in the gorgeous costumes and scenery, a stylish paragon of 'hyperbaroque' that deliberately avoids both literalism and cheap provocation.

This lavish production was performed at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, which was the first Italian theatre to re-open after the lockdown in 2020. The set design and direction were perfectly tailored to the health and safety requirements in force during the pandemic.

Conductor: Federico Maria Sardelli
Orchestra: Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Stage director, set and costume designer: Pier Luigi Pizzi
Assistant director and light designer: Massimo Gasparon
Theater: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Video Director: Tiziano Mancini

Armida: Carmela Remigio
Goffredo: Leonardo Cortellazzi
Almirena: Francesca Aspromonte
Rinaldo: Raffaele Pe
Argante: Andrea Patucelli
A Herald: Shixun Li
A woman/Two mermaids: Marilena Ruta and Valentina Corò
A Christian magician: William Corrò

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