|MUSIC│||George Frideric Handel|
|RUN TIME│||Approximately 3 hours|
|GENEROUSLY SPONSORED BY│||Elizabeth M. and Jean-Marie R. Eveillard and Jacqueline B. Mars|
|ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO||JASMINE HABERSHAM||KEELY FUTTERER‡|
|KYLE SANCHEZ TINGZON‡||KORIN THOMAS-SMITH‡||NICHOLAS KELLIHER|
|SET DESIGNER│||Matt Saunders|
|COSTUME DESIGNER│||Montana Levi Blanco|
|LIGHTING DESIGNER│||Amith A. Chandrashaker|
|HAIR & MAKEUP DESIGNER│||Tom Watson|
|PROJECTIONS DESIGNER│||Jorge Cousineau|
In a hospital ward, a boy recovering from an operation distracts himself with stories of knights and their heroic deeds. In the bed beside him, an unconscious girl is fighting for her life. The boy becomes deeply absorbed in the storybook, imagining himself the hero of an unfolding tale.
Rinaldo, encouraged by his King, Goffredo, pledges to join the fight against Argante, their mysterious adversary. Argante requests a temporary truce, which Goffredo grants. Argante consults the sorceress Armida, who reveals that their side will be victorious if they can capture Rinaldo; she pledges to take the knight herself.
Meanwhile, Rinaldo finds himself mesmerized by Goffredo’s daughter, Almirena. Armida, seeing an opportunity, seizes the girl as bait. Rinaldo is paralyzed by grief but then, encouraged by Goffredo, sets off to save her.
In Armida’s enchanted domain, Almirena weeps, Argante considers his next move, and Armida waits for Rinaldo to appear. When Rinaldo attempts to rescue Almirena, the battle is intensified and complicated by Armida’s attraction to Rinaldo. Using magic, she disguises herself as Almirena, and thus succeeds in capturing Rinaldo.
Goffredo learns of Rinaldo’s plight; he and the other knights decide to storm Almirena’s castle, despite a sorcerer’s warnings. When their first attempt is unsuccessful, they return to the sorcerer, who arms them with magic, allowing them to rescue both Rinaldo and Almirena.
The heroes are reunited, still reeling from all they have endured. Argante and Armida soon appear and the fighting begins again. Rinaldo’s heroic response brings the war to a definitive conclusion, freeing combatants on both sides to begin a new life.