On the basis of this freedom, in late 1710 Handel left Hanover for London, possibly in response to an earlier invitation from members of the English nobility.By 1711, informed London audiences had become familiar with the nature of Italian opera through the numerous pastiches and adaptations that had been staged.
As she departs, a herald announces the approach of Argante from the city.
Eustazio surmises that the king fears defeat; this seems to be confirmed when Argante, after a grandiose entrance, requests a three-day truce to which Goffredo graciously assents.
The opera was mounted sporadically over the following thirty years; after a successful run at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1984, performances and recordings of the work have become more frequent worldwide.
Rinaldo was the first Handel Opera to have found its way to the Metropolitan.
As Goffredo sings of the coming victory, Rinaldo declares his love for Almirena, and Goffredo confirms that she will be Rinaldo's bride when Jerusalem falls.
Almirena urges Rinaldo to fight boldly and assure victory.The Crusader army under Goffredo is laying siege to Jerusalem, where the Saracen king Argante is confined with his troops.With Goffredo are his brother Eustazio, his daughter Almirena, and the knight Rinaldo.Handel composed Rinaldo quickly, borrowing and adapting music from operas and other works that he had composed during a long stay in Italy in the years 1706–10, during which he established a considerable reputation.In the years following the premiere, he made numerous amendments to the score.the result of this meeting was a collaboration which produced Handel's second Italian opera, Agrippina.