The Glyndebourne 2011 “Rinaldo” Liveblogging Thread

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Welcome to the White Shirt live comment thread for Handel’s “Rinaldo” from Glyndebourne (2011), with Ottavio Dantone conducting the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and a Robert Carsen staging.

Cast Listing:
Rinaldo: Sonia Prina
Goffredo: Varduhi Abrahamyan
Eustazio: Tim Mead
Almirena: Anett Fritsch
Armida: Brenda Rae
Argante: Luca Pisaroni
Mago: William Towers

The production is available on YT on the Magic Channel hub. Leave a comment if you need the link (not posted publicly here to protect the channel).

Libretto: Italian pdf here, German and Italian web version here, 1711 print scan in Italian and English here

435 thoughts on “The Glyndebourne 2011 “Rinaldo” Liveblogging Thread”

  1. Ok the, I only made it just in time as well, got stuck in a snow-induced traffic jam, 7 hours in the car in total. So, I can really use some cheering up now.

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    1. yes, that, too.

      And what is better than – oh, that GRIN at the Almirena pic, someone hand Agathe the smelling salts!! – one mezzo with a sword? An added contralto with a sword! And a soprano crush!

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      1. yes, and he is not falling into the booming trap, and he is not too entranced by his own sound. And he really shines in this one.

        You know who else is shining right now? Goffredo. (this was the first thing I heard her in.)

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    1. admit it, you let them borrow the printer.
      Hope you didn’t forget Dehggi’s Tito printouts within!

      – oh damn, the pit is so good, listen to that elastic chiaroscuro!!

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    1. Also (the original-accept-none-other) St Trinian’s; put this in Google: “st trinians searle” —
      “Some little girl didn’t hear me say ‘Unarmed Combat.'”

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          1. Definitely more points for the home market!

            (I read Blyton in Germany, at night with a pocket lamp under the blankets. Clearly not the best export available)

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    1. okay, overall queer fetish bingo.
      Coloratura, check.
      Swords-wielding, check.
      Swagger, check.
      Fangirls with ties, check.

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    1. yes. really well cast.
      Then again, who would not blush away when being faced with that Rinaldo and his gentle recit-singing?

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    1. yes. Hugs and puppies adorable.

      Oh, Almirena. Abducted by riot grrrls. Surely there are worse fates that could befall a Backfisch.

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    1. Agathe? How are you able to make halfway lucid comments at the moment? (okay, you’ve probably seen these this a dozen more time than Dr T and I have…)

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    1. I find some of the ideas a little too neat and/or cutesy, and the entire school scenario, while working great, is also a little clean-cut.
      But yes, it is smart and fun.

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    1. mezzo, but on the darkly colored side
      (just did Carmen in Palermo)
      also, I really hope someone bootlegged her Zurich Bradamante.

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          1. (ja, i saw the translation, she’s singing about debated liberty? meaning considering his offer?
            oh, but she turns down at the end there with the crossing of wrists)

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  2. the multiplying Almirenas sure get a lot of action – everyone either wants to have them, be them, or be mistaken for them to get close to someone else.

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      1. ja, actually i kind of like the first part “A” with the pillows, sort of making her power diminishing (in the big picture) . but this whipping bit is a bit much, though i like her singing in the “B” and 2nd “A” more

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        1. oh YES, that would be fun. And Harteros nows how to mix in a healthy dose of camp. Must be all those Toscas and Peter Stein stagings…

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      1. I still think the idea quite brilliant even if Carsen is sometimes overdoing the fun at the cost of more depth, but, it’s a great way to deal with contents that do not make much sense in modern adult life.

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    1. absolutely! And it’s definitely an important part of while the whole thing works so well. Also, I agree, the staging only works with singers who bring in so much emotion in the music, thus preventing it to drift into something ridiculous. .

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        1. good night! thanks for hosting! and thanks Agathe for insisting suggesting! i reallly love the singing and music! so much more when i heard the first time, must be loooong ago..

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          1. yes, I appreciated it more now, too.
            Good night to you and thanks for playing and swimming company.

            (night, Laura!)

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          2. That’s of course due to the intense SP-listening-training I put you through! Maybe really a similar effect to what we talked about in the Currentzis post, how sometimes the auditory system sometimes needs to get used to a singers specific qualities.

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          3. I think for me the key was i needed to get used to her way of doing the coloratura… because a descriptive singer like her, one way or another i’ll get around to admire her phrasing 🙂 (though i admit that Cesare was reallly effective in converting me.)

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          4. and also, knowign a voice better simply gives you more context, so you are better in recognizing minute changes or permanent qualities (even if those qualities may take an off day at times)

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  3. i would have much preferred this to being stuck in the chicago airport unable to get to the training i was supposed to attend (though i was definitely please to just come back home).

    do i see THE Tito coming up? whenwhen?

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    1. Hope you’re back home and not too frozen! And yes, THE Tito – still trying to coordinate marches and viewing times between London, US and mainland Europe. So either Sat, somewhat later than the usual hour or Sun. Dr T is trying to hear back from dehggi aka Mistress Tito at the moment. Will post the alert as soon as possible.

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