Sunday, November 25, 2012 — 2:30pm
in italian with english surtitles
Intense. Virtuosic. Tragic.
A Canadian Premiere.
Armida is an infrequently performed tour-de-force by renowned Italian composer, Rossini. Regarded as his most demanding piece, this bel canto opera is fuelled by passion and showcases vocal acrobatics with spitfire intensity.
Armida follows a bewitching sorceress as she attempts to weaken Christian soldiers only to fall in love with their leader, Rinaldo. While the lovers escape to a secret paradise, their romance is short-lived and ends in a fiery vengeance.
Michael Rose, Music Director and Pianist
Robert Cooper, Chorus Director
Guillermo Silva-Marin, Dramatic Advisor
Raphaelle Paquette as Armida
Edgar Ernesto Ramírez as Rinaldo
Christopher Mayell as Goffredo
Michael Ciufo as Genardo
Marco Petracchi as Idraote
Gregory Finney as Istarotte