Saturday, May 22, 2010

ROSSINI : ARMIDA

Radio New Zealand Concert network
Sunday 23rd of May 2010 at 3.03 - 7.25 pm

INTRODUCTION
COMPOSER
CHARACTERS
SYNOPSIS
STORYLINE
BACKGROUND
UNDERGROUND
HISTORY
ANALYSIS

REVIEW
LIBRETTO
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ROSSINI: Armida, an opera in three acts
The subject matter for Rossini’s 1817 opera Armida was widely popular from the seventeenth onward; there are almost 100 operas and ballets with the story of the Saracen sorceress Armida and her desire for the Crusader Rinaldo
Armida.......................... Renée Fleming
Rinaldo......................... Lawrence Brownlee
Goffredo....................... John Osborne
Gernando...................... José Manuel Zapata
Carlo............................ Barry Banks
Ubaldo.......................... Kobie van Rensburg
Eustazio........................ Yegishe Manucharyan
Idraote.......................... Peter Volpe
Astarotte....................... Keith Miller
Metropolitan Opera Chorus & Orch/Riccardo Frizza

Renée Fleming likes this rare Rossini piece (she has performed and recorded it before), and because she does such a good job hosting the Metropera video recordings we see in our cinema, they let her have a première of it. This one is at the movies, too, and I wonder who will introduce it and interview Renée.

A legion of composers have set this fantasy tale of the witch enticing the knight Rinaldo into her pleasure garden, starting with Vivaldi and Haendel , and including Dvorak.

Everything you need to understand Rossini's version is provided under the headings above.

I have heard rumours about people walking out of the performance; they would be the impatient patrons who cannot concentrate for four hours, or else they had a ferry or a train to catch.

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