Les Talens Lyriques to Revive Salieri’s ‘Armida,’ Release World Premiere Recording

By David Salazar

Salieri’s “Armida,” which had its world premiere in Vienna back in 1771, has never been fully recorded. That will all change later this year when Les Talens Lyriques releases the first full recording of the work on Jan. 22, 2021 and delivers its first modern performances in early 2021.

The opera, which features a libretto by Marco Coltellini, will be conducted by Christophe Rousset with Lenneke Ruiten in the title role alongside Teresa Iervolino as Ismene, Florie Valiquette as Rinaldo, and Ashley Riches as Ubaldo.

This cast will perform at the Théâtre de Caen on Jan. 30, 2021 followed by a Feb. 2 showcase at the Philharmonie Paris. Soprano Anna El-Khashem will take over the title role for the Feb. 19 performance at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna.

Rousset has been a champion of Salieri’s work, releasing the first recording of “La grotto di Trofonio” in 2005 followed by recordings of “Les Danaïdes” in 2017, “Les Horaces” in 2018, and “Tarare” in 2019.


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