HSU String Quartet "Fontainebleau": Chorale and Variation
BARRIÈRE Sonata No. 4 in G major
RACHMANINOFF Moments musicaux, Op. 16: 4. Presto
HANDEL Selections from Rinaldo
Curtis Opera Theatre
Andrea Marchiol, conductor
Rachel Sterrenberg, Armida
Jarrett Ott, Argante
Chas Rader-Shieber, Stage Director
Jacob A. Climer, Set & Costume Designer
Mike Inwood, Lighting Designer
Performed on Thursday, April 25, 2013
Prince Music Theater, Philadelphia
The religious struggles that motivated the medieval Crusades form the backdrop for Rinaldo, a tale of abduction, magic, and mistaken identity. Handel’s endless musical invention unfolds in a stream of beautiful arias, as the heroic crusader Rinaldo prevails over Saracen intrigue and love emerges victorious.
In this excerpt, a furious sorceress, Armida, enters. She has divined that the only way for the Saracens to defeat the Crusaders is to kill the knight Rinaldo, and claims that she has the power to achieve this.