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Haydn's Armida


Wed 22 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Fri 24 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–9:30pm
Sun 26 Jun 2016, 5:00pm–7:30pm
Tue 28 Jun 2016, 7:00pm–9:30pm

Where: City Recital Hall, 2 Angel Place, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Premium Adult: $150.00
  • A Reserve Adult: $140.00
  • A Reserve Group (10+): $130.00
  • B Reserve Adult: $120.00
  • B Reserve Group (10+): $110.00
  • B Reserve Under 27: $50.00
  • C Reserve Adult: $90.00
  • C Reserve Group (10+): $80.00
  • C Reserve Under 27: $40.00
  • Additional fees may apply


Listed by: jessica9xr

Rachelle Durkin, back in Sydney after acclaimed performances at the Met in New York, brings the beauty and brilliance of her glorious coloratura to the role of Armida; Swedish tenor Leif Aruhn-Solén as Rinaldo offers a compelling portrait of the flawed hero. Directed by US rising star Crystal Manich, with the Orchestra of the Antipodes performing on Classical instruments under the baton of the indomitable Antony Walker, this performance will be a feast for the senses.

The Story of Armida:
The Saracen sorceress Armida has cast her web of seduction over the solider Rinaldo: caught in her spell, he has abandoned his comrades and thrown in his lot with the enemy, just to be with her.

When Rinaldo’s sense of duty finally triumphs over Armida’s enchantment and he returns to his camp, she realises too late that he has taken her heart with him. Unable to win back Rinaldo’s love, Armida is determined to have vengeance instead.

Armida was the last opera Haydn created for the opulent surroundings of the Eszterhazy Palace, where it received a phenomenal 54 performances; Haydn himself judged it his best opera. Pinchgut is proud to bring this masterpiece to the stage.

Cast and Creatives:
- Rachelle Durkin - Armida
- Leif Aruhn-Solén - Rinaldo
- Janet Todd - Zelmira
- Christopher Richardson - Idreno
- Jacob Lawrence - Ubaldo
- Brenton Spiteri - Clotarco

Orchestra of The Antipodes
- Antony Walker, conductor
-Crystal Manich, director
- Alicia Clements, set designer
- Christie Milton, costume designer

Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Presented by: Pinchgut Opera.