Performance Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 2 PM

The English Concert

Handel's Rinaldo (opera in concert)

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Handel knew how to put on a show. With Rinaldo, the first Italian opera written for the London stage, he created a thrilling crowd-pleaser. Rinaldo dazzles with its expressive arias, like the plaintive “Lascia ch’io pianga,” one of the most popular soprano arias ever written. Rinaldo’s spectacular instrumental writing is unsurpassed, with rousing trumpets, drums, strings, and oboe in the martial aria “Or la tromba” and show-stopping harpsichord pyrotechnics—originally improvised by Handel—in the fiery aria “Vo’ far guerra.”


  • The English Concert
    Harry Bicket, Artistic Director
  • Iestyn Davies, Rinaldo
  • Jane Archibald, Armida
  • Joélle Harvey, Almirena
  • Luca Pisaroni, Argante
  • Sasha Cooke, Goffredo
  • Jakub Józef Orliński, Eustazio


  • HANDEL Rinaldo (opera in concert)


Pre-concert talk starts at 1:00 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage with Benjamin Sosland, Assistant Dean for the Kovner Fellowships and Administrative Director of Juilliard Historical Performance, The Juilliard School.
This performance is part of Weekends at Carnegie Hall.