Conductor: Václav Luks
Stage director: Louise Moaty
Sets: Adeline Caron
Costumes: Alain Blanchot
Lights: Christophe Naillet
Choreography: Françoise Denieau
Dramaturgy: Beno Blachut
Premiere: April 4, 2009
In 2009, 250 years will have passed since the death of the great master of Baroque Opera, Georg Friedrich Händel. To mark this anniversary, we will stage his “serious opera” (opera seria) Rinaldo, which is one of the many musical settings of Tasso’s Renaissance epic poem Jerusalem Delivered. Unlike other versions of this theme, Händel’s work does not take the route of stories of “forbidden love” between a Christian man and a Muslim woman; it rather resembles, albeit distantly, the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice – Armida abducts the Knight Rinaldo’s fiancée Almirena, and Rinaldo subsequently embarks upon a perilous journey to set her free. A host of pitfalls, spells and, above all, the wild and passionate Armida, who falls in love with him, await him. The action of Händel’s opera requires a number of fantastic sceneries and theatre effects. The audience will thus have the opportunity to experience at the Estates Theatre a performance aimed at evoking the poetic atmosphere of the bygone glory of Baroque Opera. Händel’s opera Rinaldo has never before been staged at the National Theatre.
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Co-production of the National Theatre Prague, Le Théâtre de Caen, L´Opéra de Rennes and Le Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg. The production is originating with the kind support of the French Institute in Prague.
The opera is staged in Italian original version and Czech and English surtitles are used in the performance.
Duration of the performance: 3 hours and 30 minutes
Photo: Hana Smejkalová