Armida – Haydn

‘…sung uncut in a sensible English translation by Amanda Holden.’
Weekend Telegraph

Armida was the last opera Haydn composed for the litte theatre at Eszterháza in 1784 and the translation was commissioned by the Buxton Festival for their 1988 summer festival. It was the professional premiere of the work in the UK.

Josef Haydn


Aria

RINALDO

To be idle is to be useless,
my sole ambition is fame and esteem.
I shall follow my cherished dream
to offer help and my protection
to those who suffer a tyrant’s regime.