by George Frideric Handel
Robert Carsen's new version of Handel's classic fantasy of lovesick warriors and avenging witches.
Robert Carsen's new version of Handel's classic fantasy of lovesick warriors and avenging witches transplants Rinaldo into a new era, complete with skin-tight rubber, punishing whips, classrooms and bike sheds. An 'escapist setting', 'spectacular effects' and a youthful cast make this Rinaldo 'one hell of a history lesson'.
Directing from the harpsichord in Handelian fashion, Ottavio Dantone conducts the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a spellbinding performance.
Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
One hell of a history lesson.
Handel gets an escapist setting in a boarding school.
At Glyndebourne, two readings of the work unfold at once. Directing from the harpsichord, Ottavio Dantone with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment aims for the heart, while Robert Carsen’s staging is tongue-in-cheek, the adventures of Handel’s crusader hero the fantasy of nerdy, bullied schoolboy Sonia Prina.
The Independent on Sunday
From bike-shed trysts to the final football match when a globe is symbolically manipulated and kicked around this school is turned into a theatre of war.
It’s a bit of a romp, with a wicked enchantress and spectacular effects of thunder, lightning and fireworks.
Musically speaking, the finest contribution of all came from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, conducted by Ottavio Dantone with lightness of touch ..., with so many moments when the ear was attuned so mesmerizingly to the instruments.
Rinaldo was staged and recorded live at Glyndebourne in 2011 and is part of the Glyndebourne Collection.
Production photography © Bill Cooper.
Contains sexual situations and mild violence.
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