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Posted by on Feb 27, 2012 in The Voice Box | 0 comments

Operagasmic Production of the Week!

by Christie Connolley

I love to arrive early to the opera.  For one, I want to sit down and see what everyone else is wearing…. the gowns, the sequins, THE SHOES!  Once that is done, I delve into the program!  I want to read the ‘who’s who, all of the singers’ bios, and the miniature reproductions of their glossy 8 X 10′s (which I usually go back to during intermission and estimate how many years ago that photo was taken), the director’s notes, the conductor’s notes!  It is one of the best parts of going to the opera!  So let Operagasm get you ready with the down low on new and exciting upcoming productions.

The Operagasmic Production of the Week is Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Rinaldo(Not just because Operagasm’s valentine Luca Pisaroni is making his Lyric Opera of Chicago debut…. okay, what if it is!)


With Jerusalem as the prize, General Goffredo and his chief knight Rinaldo are battling it out with King Argante. But the king’s lover and ally is the sorceress Armida — and she uses every trick in her arsenal to help win the war. Good thing Rinaldo has some supernatural reinforcements of his own!

Handel wanted to make it big in England, and he did it in spades with Rinaldo! For the first time he specified sorcery and magic in the plot — hiring an illustrious producer to bring it off, and booking a megastar for the lead.

Three hundred years later, Lyric follows suit! Fabulous David Daniels headlines this amazing new production.



Cast and Creative Team:


Rinaldo - David Daniels Rinaldo
David Daniels
Rinaldo - Julia Kleiter Almirena
Julia Kleiter*
Rinaldo - Elza van den Heever Armida
Elza van den Heever*
Rinaldo - Luca Pisaroni Argante
Luca Pisaroni*
Rinaldo - Sonia Prina Goffredo
Sonia Prina*
Iestyn Davies Eustazio
Iestyn Davies*
Rinaldo - Bicket Conductor
Harry Bicket
Rinaldo - Negrin Director
Francisco Negrin
Rinaldo - Louis Désiré Designer
Louis Désiré*
Rinaldo - Bruno Poet Lighting Designer
Bruno Poet*
Chorus Master - Michael Black Chorus Master
Michael Black
Ana Yepes*


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