“Although Rinaldo is the title role, the principal is Goffredo (Godfrey de Boullon) played by countertenor Nicholas Tamagna. Mr. Tamagna’s high tessitura and agile instrument soared with an impressive upper register, occasionally touching earth in the chest voice to add emphasis to key points in the story. His stage presence was also intense and committed, with his eyes conveying the anguish of a battle-hardened king set on retaking Jerusalem for the Crusaders.”

– Concert Review: Fireworks Over Jerusalem
A concert Rinaldo strikes sparks at the Kaufman Center
by Paul J. Pelkonen

“From the outset we are introduced to the fearless Christian general Goffredo sung by Nicholas Tamagna, the first of four countertenors featured over the course of the evening. With super agility he soared through his opening aria with forceful musicality. As befitting the forces of good, Tamagna’s Goffredo had a clarity and precision in which you could hear the clarion call of Christian purity that was at once piercing yet chestful. This is Baroque singing in all its glory.”

– Allegri con Fuoco
A Garden of Baroque Delights
Handel’s Rinaldo (1711)
Merkin Concert Hall
by Masetto

“Nicholas Tamagna, an intense countertenor.”

Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’, with period brass in good repair
– NY Times, James R. Oestreich

“Nicholas Tamagna (a Rodrigo veteran) as the latter performed the many mostly extraneous arias exceptionally well. Tamagna displayed a warm round voice, admirably even from top to bottom. Tamagna displayed a trenchant fervor in even his most formulaic music.”

– Home Brew
by Christopher Corwin



operamission | Merkin Hall at Kaufmann Center (New York, NY 2016)

Jennifer Peterson, conductor
Jeff Caldwell, stage direction (concert version)