Notes & Reviews:
Based on Tasso's Gerusalemme liberata, this Italian opera, the first that Handel wrote for London audiences, immediately enjoyed great success. It is true that Rinaldo had all the necessary crowd-pleasing ingredients, especially the attraction of novelty and the surprising exoticism that the music expresses through its richly colorful orchestration.
Early Music Today, December 2014
The singers are uniformly very good, with Vivica Genaux in the title role and Inga Kalna as the sorceress Armida putting in particularly good performances.
BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2014
Handel's first opera for London is treated with great dramatic energy. Jacobs can be controversial but alluring singing by Genaux in the title role is worth compromise.
Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, August 2014
Alaskan mezzo Vivica Genaux has plenty of heroic gleam to her tone (sounding more swashbuckling than the sweet-toned David Daniels on Christopher Hogwood's recording) in the title-role, with Miah Persson an affecting Almirena and James Rutherford (now a leading Wagnerian) luxury casting as Argante.
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