119. Rinaldo (Handel)

Opera seria in 3 actsComposer: George Frideric HandelLibretto: Aaron Hill and Giacomo RossiFirst performed: Queen’s Theatre, Haymarket, London, 2 February 1711; revised King’s Theatre, Haymarket, 6 April 1731 GOFFREDO, leader of the First CrusadeContralto (en travesti)Francesca Vanini-BoschiRINALDO, a nobleman of the House of EsteAlto castratoNicolò Grimaldi (“Nicolini”)ALMIRENA, Goffredo’s daughterSopranoIsabella GirardeauEUSTAZIO, Goffredo’s brotherAlto castratoValentino Urbani (“Valentini”)A … Continue reading 119. Rinaldo (Handel)

117. Tancrède (Campra)

Tragédie lyrique in a prologue and 5 actsComposer: André CampraLibretto: Antoine Danchet, after TassoFirst performed: Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, 7 November 1702, conducted by Marin Marais Un sage enchanteur [A wise enchanter]Haute-contreJacques CochereauLa paix [Peace]SopranoMlle. Clément L.Suivantes de la paixSopranosMlle. Clément P. and LoignonTANCRÈDE, a crusaderBass-baritoneGabriel-Vincent ThévenardARGANTBass-baritoneCharles HardouinCLORINDEContralto / altoJulie d’Aubigny (La Maupin)HERMINIE, daughter of … Continue reading 117. Tancrède (Campra)

115. Armide (Lully)

Tragédie lyrique in prologue and 5 actsComposer : Jean-Baptiste LullyLibretto : Philippe QuinaultFirst performed : Académie royale de musique, théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris, 15 February 1686 Prologue LA GLOIRESoprano LA SAGESSEsoprano  Tragédie ARMIDE, magician, niece of HidraotSopranoMarie Le RochoisRENAUD, a knightHaute-contreLouis Gaulard DumesnyPHÉNICE, a confidante of ArmideSopranoMarie-Louise DesmatinsSIDONIE, a confidante of ArmideSopranoFrançoise Fanchon Moreau, la CadetteHIDRAOT, magician, King of … Continue reading 115. Armide (Lully)