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Armida

It is a rare opera indeed that calls for one soprano diva and no fewer than six tenors. Mary Zimmerman’s fanciful production of Rossini’s drama, designed by Richard Hudson and with choreography by Graciela Daniele, provides the perfect setting for superstar Renée Fleming’s captivating performance of the title role. A beautiful but evil sorceress in the times of the Crusades, Armida sets out to regain the love of the Frankish knight Rinaldo (Lawrence Brownlee) by putting her magical spells on him. She at first succeeds to draw him into her web of sorcery, but ultimately divine intervention—and his fellow soldiers—free Rinaldo from his enchantment—much to the vengeful fury of Armida and her demons.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
May 1, 2010
Composer
Gioachino Rossini
Librettist
Libretto by Giovanni Schmidt, based on the epic poem "Gerusalemme Liberata" by Torquato Tasso
Run Time
2 HRS 51 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet
DVD release by Decca Music Group / The Metropolitan Opera
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Riccardo Frizza
Armida
Renée Fleming
Rinaldo
Lawrence Brownlee
Gernando/Carlo
Barry Banks
Goffredo
John Osborn
Ubaldo
Kobie van Rensburg
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