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  Rinaldo at Lyric Opera


Lyric Opera
20 N. Wacker Drive Chicago

With Jerusalem as the prize, General Goffredo and his chief knight Rinaldo are battling it out with King Argante. But the king’s lover and ally is the sorceress Armida — and she uses every trick in her arsenal to help win the war. Good thing Rinaldo has some supernatural reinforcements of his own! Handel wanted to make it big in England, and he did it in spades with Rinaldo! For the first time he specified sorcery and magic in the plot — hiring an illustrious producer to bring it off, and booking a megastar for the lead. Three hundred years later, Lyric follows suit! Fabulous David Daniels headlines this amazing new production.

Thru - Mar 24, 2012

Show Type: Opera

Box Office: 312-332-2244

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Chicago Stage Review - Highly Recommended

"...From the first time we encounter the evil sorceress, sweeping down from a mountaintop in her floor length red patent leather coat, to her drunken duel with the harpsichord virtuoso who taunts her from the orchestra pit, to a tussle with Argante on the floor of the Civic Opera House stage that is by turns sensual and hilarious, this diva performance nearly brings down the house."
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Lori Dana

Chicago On the Aisle - Highly Recommended

"...This was not going to be your grandfather’s Handel. This was going to be “Rinaldo” as the fearless vision of the Next Generation who will change everything. It would channel the brash energy of the composer George Frideric H. at 25, about to take on London with a flamboyant producer his own age, to make their mark with unmistakable musical genius and in-your-face novelty."
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Nancy Malitz

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...The glory of the da capo arias upon the outstanding vocals by this stellar cast make Handel’s seldom performed Baroque opera a special treat. I can’t remember enjoying a finer night at the opera than I experienced with Rinaldo! You’ll not find a finer sung opera than Rinaldo, don’t miss it."
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Tom Williams

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