What a strange opera...Armida. Everybody singing coloratura, but there was other stuff that I thought wasn't supposed to be in bel canto operas, like a chorus, and a long ballet, and orchestration that didn't sound scaled down to me. And the plot! It didn't conclude, it just stopped. The last scene was a rousing gathering of demons to accompany Armida on her search for vengeance on Rinaldo. Okay, but then what happened? Did she catch him and chop his head off? Did he escape? Were Rinaldo's fellow soldiers able to send Armida and her hellish companions back to where they came from? Is there a sequel?

In spite of all that, I did enjoy the opera. It was fun.