Handel’s Rinaldo, originally scheduled for the 2020 Festival, tells a tale of love and heroism. This Glimpse features the aria “Sorge nel petto,” a moment of quiet and introspection against the backdrop of an epic battle. Director Louisa Proske has imagined a short film around the aria, which is performed by countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen with piano by Christopher Devlin.

Director Louisa Proske is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award and was chosen as the Musical America New Artist of the Month for May 2018. Opera productions include The Mother of Us All (historic collaboration between Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Philharmonic, Juilliard Vocal Arts), Agrippina (Lincoln Center Debut – Carnegie Hall/ Juilliard Vocal Arts), Der Freischütz, Don GiovanniCarmen, Lucia di LammermoorDaphnis & Chloé, Miss Handel (all Heartbeat Opera), La Bohème (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Così fan tutte (LoftOpera), Falstaff (Dell’Arte Opera), Gianni Schicchi, Riders to the Sea, La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera); the world premiere of Invisible Cities at the Italian Academy New York; Nostalgia Kills You and ReAnimator Requiem (Experiments in Opera); Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (as Associate Director). She is the proud Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera (“a radical endeavor” – The New Yorker, “pioneers” – The Wall Street Journal).

Countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen has been acclaimed as a “young star” and “complete artist” by the New York Times and “extravagantly gifted… poised to redefine what’s possible for singers of this distinctive voice type” by the San Francisco Chronicle. Aryeh’s first commercial recording project — the world premiere recording of Kenneth Fuchs’ Poems of Life with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by JoAnn Falletta — won a 2019 GRAMMY® Award in the Best Classical Compendium category, which honors albums with multiple soloists and multiple works. In his breakout 2016-2017 season, he was named Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and was the recipient of a Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. He was First Prize winner of the Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition, and winner of the Irvin Scherzer Award from the George London Foundation.

Video produced and edited by Lucas Godlewski.

 

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