Rossini: Armida

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WORKS: Armida
PERFORMER: Renée Fleming (Armida) & Gregory Kunde (Rinaldo) Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra & Chorus/Daniele Gatti
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Sorceress Armida and her Rinaldo crop up again in one of Rossini’s wackier experiments. Renée Fleming has recently divided opinion in a staging of this armida at the Met; but I doubt if her fiercest detractors would fault her stylish grace at the 1993 Pesaro Rossini Festival. All three duets with Gregory Kunde’s Rinaldo shimmer; but of course this is also an opera of five tenors, kicking off with the resplendent Goffredo of Donald Kaasch. Daniele Gatti conducts with flair; only the chorus falls short. David Nice