The story of love, war and redemption, set at the time of the First Crusade, is loosely based on Torquato Tasso's epic poem Gerusalemme liberata ("Jerusalem Delivered"), and its staging involved many original and vivid effects.It was a great success with the public, despite negative reactions from literary critics hostile to the contemporary trend towards Italian entertainment in English theatres.Handel went on to dominate opera in England for several decades.
As she departs, a herald announces the approach of Argante from the city.
After 1731, however, the opera was not staged for more than 200 years.
Renewed interest in baroque opera during the 20th century led to the first modern professional production in Handel's birthplace, Halle, Germany, in 1954.
With Goffredo are his brother Eustazio, his daughter Almirena, and the knight Rinaldo.
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.