Handel (rev. Leo) - Rinaldo (DVD)
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Cat No: 37831
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 12th April 2019
Ana Victoria Pitts
Orchestra La Scintilla
The story behind this rare opera is fascinating: the score of Handel’s masterpiece was brought illegally to Naples by the castrato singer Nicolò Grimaldi, who had performed Rinaldo in London. Once in Italy, the work was given a makeover by local composers, including Leo, who adapted it to the taste of the Neapolitan public, adding intermezzos and amusing characters.
Director Giorgio Sangati has transformed Leo’s revision into a ‘ba-rock’ opera set in the 1980s, where the struggle between Christians and Turks is reimagined as a battle between pop-rock singers (the Christians) and heavy-metal performers (the Turks). The two factions represent opposite perspectives on life and love.
Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the Ensemble La Scintilla, a group of specialists in Baroque repertoire.
- Rinaldo: Teresa Iervolino
- Armida: Carmela Remigio
- Goffredo: Francisco Fernández-Rueda
- Almirena: Loriana Castellano
- Argante: Francesca Ascioti
- Eustazio: Dara Savinova
- Lesbina: Valentina Cardinali
- Nesso: Simone Tangolo
- Araldo di Argante: Dielli Hoxha
- Uno spirito in forma di donna: Kim-Lillian Strebel
- Mago Cristiano: Ana Victória Pitts
Director: Giorgio Sangati
Set designer: Alberto Nonnato
Costume designer: Gianluca Sbicca
Light designer: Paolo Pollo Rodighiero
Video format / Aspect ratio: NTSC – 16:9
Audio format: PCM 2.0 – Dolby digital 5.1
Recording date & place: July / August 2018 – Palazzo Ducale, Martina Franca, Italy
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 – All regions
Duration: 216 min.
Notes: Italian, English
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