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  • The Independent on Sunday

    At Glyndebourne, two readings of the work unfold at once. Directing from the harpsichord, Ottavio Dantone with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment aims for the heart, while Robert Carsen’s staging is tongue-in-cheek, the adventures of Handel’s crusader hero the fantasy of nerdy, bullied schoolboy Sonia Prina.
  • Sunday Telegraph

    From bike-shed trysts to the final football match when a globe is symbolically manipulated and kicked around this school is turned into a theatre of war.

Cast & creative team


  • Rinaldo
    Sonia Prina
  • Almirena
    Anett Fritsch
  • Armida
    Brenda Rae
  • Argante
    Luca Pisaroni
  • Goffredo
    Varduhi Abrahamyan
  • Eustazio
    Tim Mead
  • Herald
    Oliver Mercer
  • Christian Magus
    William Towers
  • Sirens
    Charlotte Beament
  • Sirens
    Rebecca Van Den Berg
  • Woman
    Rhian Lewis
  • Orchestra
    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


  • Ottavio Dantone
  • Robert Carsen
  • Peter van Praet
    Lighting Designer
  • Robert Carsen
    Lighting Designer
  • Gideon Davey
  • Philippe Giraudeau
    Movement Director