Counter tenor Jakub Józef Orliński will step into the title role of Handel’s Rinaldo at the Glyndebourne Festival this summer. Orliński, who was originally slated to sing the role of Eustazio, said the title role was “a soldier with a big heart”, who “I can really relate to”. He went on to say “When Glyndebourne offered me jumping in for Rinaldo I didn’t know what to say. I mean I right away agreed, but I was absolutely not expecting something like that. I was very happy to get such an offer and I am really grateful that Glyndebourne trust in me and gives me such a huge opportunity to sing such a fantastic role in a such a great production.”

Orliński recently performed for the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris at the Eiffel Tower with Orchestre national de France under the baton of Jaap Van Zweden and also made his recital debut at Verbier Festival in Switzerland. This is proving to be a great summer for Orliński and you can purchase tickets for Glyndebourne here.