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on 3 October 2011
Rossini's epic masterpiece Arimda, tells the story of a Sorceress (Renee Fleming),who is in love with the knight Rinaldo (Lawrence Brownlee). Armida introduces herself to the commander of Rinaldo's order and claims that her throne had been taken over by an evil uncle. However,her real plan is to enslave the soldiers and seduce Rinaldo.
The knights are struck by her beauty and convince the commander to help her. They choose Rinaldo to be their new leader, which causes knight Gernando to be immensely jealous. He insults Rinaldo, which results in his death. Armida rescues Rinaldo from the anger of the other knights and she takes him to her underground realm, but all does not end well.
This mesmerizing opera, is incredibly demanding for its singers. The role of Armida, consists of an astonishing blend of bel canto, coloratura and dramatic soprano and can only be sung by an extraordinarily skilled singer. Renee Fleming, showing her wide range and the beauty of her voice, gave a fantastic performance, stealing the show.
Lawrence Brownlee's performance almost seemed effortless in this demanding role, sounding incredible and reaching notes that most tenor's can only dream of singing,creating a wonderful effect.
The ballet scenes are wonderfully choreographed and adds further excitement for the audience. The set design is simplistic when Armida appears before the crusaders, but it is outstanding in the underworld, cleverly showing the audience that these scenes are going to be enthralling to watch and hear.
A wonderful production with a brilliant overall result, Arimida is a feast for the ears and definitely worth purchasing.