Armida

 

Rossini Armida opera to libretto by Giovanni Schmidt. Directed 2015 by Mariame Clément at the Vaanderen Opera House. Stars Carmen Romeu (Armida), Enea Scala (Rinaldo), Robert McPherson (Gernando/Ubaldo), Dario Schmunck (Goffredo/Carlo), Lenoard Bernad (Idraote/Astarotte), and Adam Smith (Eustazio). Alberto Zedda conducts the Vaanderen Opera House Symphony Orchestra and Opera Chorus (Chorus Master Jan Schweiger). Set and costume design by Julia Hansen; lighting by Bernd Purkrabek; directed for video by Jan Bosteels. Released 2017, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Richard Osborne, writing in the April 2017 Gramophone at page 115 praises the singers, but lambasts the "silly" and "insipid" production with weak sets and costumes.

Here's an official YouTube clip: