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Handel on the escalator.


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  • I saw this production in Zürich with William Christie in the pit. It was a great evening, after initial scepticism on my part. It’s set in an airport (which suits the various nations in this opera who meet) and, as I recall, Rinaldo’s famous aria -where it seems time stops – was done in slow motion on the escalator! Wonderful idea. The sirens who tempt Rinaldo were glamorous stewardesses from a luxury Far Eastern airline. I do hope it is filmed this time round.

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