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)

118. Agrippina (Handel)

Opera seria in 3 actsComposer: George Frideric HandelLibretto: Cardinal Vincenzo GrimaniFirst performed: Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo, Venice, 26 December 1709 AGRIPPINASopranoMargherita DurastantiNERONE [Nero]Soprano castratoValeriano PellegriniPALLANTE [Pallas]BassGiuseppe Maria BoschiNARCISO [Narcissus]Alto castratoGiuliano AlbertiniLESBO [Lesbus]BassNicola PasiniOTTONE [Otho]ContraltoFrancesca Vanini-BoschiPOPPEA [Poppaea]SopranoDiamante Maria ScarabelliCLAUDIO [Claudius]BassAntonio Francesco CarliGIUNONE [Juno]ContraltoFrancesca Vanini-Boschi ★★★★ For many people, Handel is Baroque opera: musical and scenic spectaculars … Continue reading 118. Agrippina (Handel)