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08 Jun 2010

Armida, Garsington Opera

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/opera/7811652/Armida-Garsington-Opera-review.html

By Rupert Christiansen [Telegraph, 8 June 2010]

What a delightful surprise - a Rossini opera which shows him with his mind firmly on the job, from the overture’s arresting beginning to the anti-heroine’s concluding tirade. Making no lurches into banality or resorts to bang-and-clatter cliché, Rossini seems to have been unusually inspired by Tasso’s tale of the seductive sorceress Armida, who ensnares the crusader Rinaldo - perhaps partly because his talented new lover Isabella Colbran was creating the title-role.

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