Following on from productions of Theodora, Rodelinda and Giulio Cesare, Glyndebourne continues to celebrate the genius of Handel with its first staging of 'Rinaldo', the work with which he made his sensational London debut. The story of love, battle and redemption set at the time of the First Crusade is directed by Robert Carsen, who made his Festival debut with 'L'incoronazione di Poppea' in 2008. Ottavio Dantone conducts a cast including Sonia Prina in the title-role of the heroic crusader, with Sandrine Piau 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.
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