• Details

    Robert Carsen’s witty and irreverent production comes roaring back to the stage with a brand new cast.

    Christian knight Rinaldo loves Almirena, but she has been kidnapped by the scheming sorceress Armida. A magical battle of wits and wills ensues between Rinaldo’s Crusaders and the Saracen army, as the fate not just of two lovers but two nations hangs in the balance.

    Carsen’s exuberant schoolroom staging is well on its way to becoming a Glyndebourne classic, bringing out all the energy and excess in Handel’s first opera for the London stage. The composer’s colourful, tune-filled score – bright with brass fanfares and memorable arias including Lascia ch’io pianga – is one of his finest, sweeping the audience from laughter to love and back again, in this exotic, East-meets-West musical fantasy.

    Two young British singers lead the cast. Countertenor Jake Arditti takes the title role and, fresh from playing Michal in Glyndebourne Festival’s Saul, soprano Anna Devin is Almirena. American soprano Jacquelyn Stucker makes her Glyndebourne debut as Armida, with bass-baritone Aubrey Allicock as Saracen king Argante.

    The Glyndebourne Tour is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

    Image credit: Shadric Toop painted collage/original photography Alastair Muir/other images Wikimedia Commons and Unsplash

  • Dates and times


    Glyndebourne 26 October 20194.00pm
    Glyndebourne 29 October 20194.00pm
    Glyndebourne 1 November 20196.30pm


    Canterbury 8 November 20197.15pm

    Milton Keynes

    Milton Keynes 15 November 20197.15pm


    Liverpool 22 November 20197.15pm


    Woking 29 November 20197.15pm


    Norwich 6 December 20197.15pm