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  • Anthony Hicks

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Opera in three acts by George Frideric Handel to a libretto by Giacomo Rossi based on an outline by Aaron Hill after Torquato Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata; London, Queen’s Theatre, 24 February 1711 (revised version, London, King’s Theatre, 6 April 1731).

Rinaldo was not only Handel’s first opera for London but also the first Italian opera specifically composed for the London stage; previous examples had been pasticcios or adaptations. It was an immediate public success and (despite mocking notices from Addison and Steele in ...

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