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Handel: Rinaldo Blu-ray (Glyndebourne)

Glyndebourne continues to celebrate the genius of Handel with its first staging of Rinaldo, the work with which he made his sensational London debut - and the first Italian opera specifically created for the British stage. It is given a contemporary new twist through the eyes of Director Robert Carsen, who made his Festival debut with L'incoronazione di Poppea in 2008. Early music specialist Ottavio Dantone, Music Director of the acclaimed Italian period ensemble Accademia Bizantina conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. The cast is headed by Sonia Prina in the title-role of the heroic crusader, with Anett Fritsch as his beloved Almirena, Brenda Rae as the seductive Saracen sorceress Armida, and Luca Pisaroni as her duplicitous ally Argante, the King of Jerusalem.

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Composer: George Frideric Handel
Rinaldo: Sonia Prina
Almirena: Anett Fritsch
Armida: Brenda Rae
Argante: Luca Pisaroni
Goffredo: Varduhi Abrahamyan
Eustazio: Tim Mead

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Conductor: Ottavio Dantone
Stage Director: Robert Carsen  

Plus: Director's notes / Conductor's notes

Picture: 16:9
Sound: 2.0 DD / DTS 5.0 Surround
Subtitles: EN/FR/DE
Region code: 0
Format: NTSC  
Running Time: 190+24 mins