Venti, turbini! Do my bidding!

Ever notice that calling on the help of the elements is a favourite past-time in Rinaldo? No less than 3 characters1 do so in grand style.

But let’s talk a bit about this bad-ass aria sung by our hero, one of Orlando furioso‘s great knights. Being as I am a big fan of bravura arias, I’ve heard a good number of renditions out of which three have stuck.

The contralto: It’s a classic so it goes first. La Podles owns when it comes to mighty warriors2.

The countertenor: Slow and dignified; Lazzara does a great job.

The mezzo: And now for one of them downhill races Maestro Spinosi loves so much, warts and all. I like my singers fearless and surely DiDonato is3.


  1. Argante, Armida and Rinaldo. 
  2. I don’t know if she was too close to the microphone when this was recorded but I like this rendition a lot more than the one from 1990 when she sings vaaaenti instead. 
  3. Here is the cute story posted by the uploader in the info: “Joyce was taking over Marie Nicole Lemieux for this recital, the latter being unable to perform this night. She thus sang with sheets of music, and for this specific aria, she made a mistake while reading the score, having forgotten a page. She got lost, the orchestra kept on playing, and she looked at the public laughing and saying “I’m completely lost”. When the encore came, she said “Well, if you allow me, I would really like to sing this entirely!” So this is her 2nd shot :)” 
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About dehggial

opera lover with a predilection for Mozart and Baroque

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