The Baroque Opera Repertoire includes hundreds of works, of which only a fraction have been performed in concerts and recitals, and even less in theatrical settings. The Mission of this project is to bring to the public some of the rarely performed gems of the immense Baroque Opera repertoire.
This opera presents some of the most beautiful and rarely performed musical pieces of the Baroque era in a cohesive form, in which all of the featured musical numbers are bound by a story. For this purpose, the author has created an original piece with all the musical numbers seamlessly woven throughout the plot. The author also composed new lyrics, in Italian, to some of the existing orchestral excerpts to connect different scenes of the opera, enrich the storyline, as well an engage the audience by inviting them deeper into the sequence of events.
This opera pastiche is a result of a year long undertaking of research and creative work. The name Armida was chosen for this is widely symboclic of one of the most popular female characters in Baroque operas (over 20 different operas featured Armida as one of main characters). Originally, a mythological sorceress, Armida appeared in the epic poem La Gerusalemme Liberata by the Italian poet Torquato Tasso, first published in 1581. This poem inspired a lot of other artists to create their work based on it. Armida occupies a place in the literature of abandoned women such as the tragic Dido, and the evil Circe.
The opera is presented in two acts with one intermission. The two acts show two parallel stories of love, rejection, fate and repentance. The music features numbers from over 10 different operas and oratorios by F. Handel, A. Vivaldi, R. Broschi, N. Porpora, Galuppi, and others.
The opera is sung in Italian, and English (or Russian) supertitles can be provided for the convenience of the audience.