I'm off to see Aida this weekend and looking forward to it immensely but if got me thinking, I have a bucket list which includes an eclectic mix so as well as seeing Guns and Roses in June I'd really, really, really like to see Handel's Rinaldo because it contains some of the most amazingly beautiful arias ever written. Anyone know of any companies putting on this opera, I can't find anything online.
Can't help you with Rinaldo, but it is a lovely opera, especially with a strong counter tenor. If you are near London you might like to visit Handel's house museum behind Oxford Street, they occasionally have recitals there. Enjoy Aida!
I forgot, you can also hire Glynebourne's production, if you have a spare opera company which would like to perform it.
I was a bit doubtful when a friend offered us tickets for Rinaldo. DH is really the opera 'aficionado' in our household, but 50 years of opera going with him has widened my interest, but I felt Rinaldo was probably still on the edge of my appreciation, but I really enjoyed it. Clever witty production and, as you say, SallyDapp, fantastic music.