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Sunday Afternoon at the Opera - Rossini: Armida

09/16/2018 1:00 pm
09/16/2018 4:30 pm

 

Sunday Afternoon at the Opera host Keith Brown writes:

This is the third of the nine great opere serie Gioacchino Rossini wrote in 1817 for one of the theaters of Naples. The story of the opera is derived from Tasso's epic poem "Jerusalem Delivered." From the time of Monteverdi onward, opera composers have been fascinated with that portion of the epic that deals with the stormy love affair between the sorceress Armida and the crusader Rinaldo.

The distinguished American soprano Renee Fleming took up the title role for the production of Armida staged at the 1993 Rossini festival in Pesaro, the composer's birthplace. The opera was recorded live in performance for Sony Classical. Daniele Gatti leads the chorus and orchestra of the Teatro Communale of Bologna. Last broadcast on Sunday, March 5, 1995, you get to hear those three Sony Classical compact discs again today.