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VenueLondon Coliseum
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From7th November 2002
To30th November 2002
WhenNov 7,14,16,19,22,27 at 19:00, Nov 9,30 at 18:00
PricesFrom £3.00. To £68.00.
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With glittering vocal showpieces and moving arias, Handel's slant on the perils of romantic love juxtaposes the heroic and the comic, the serious and the playful. A Persian Ruler's infatuation is triggered by the singing of his general's daughter. So instead of concentrating on his planned campaign against the Greeks, Xerxes prefers to focus on the sexual conquest of his brother's beloved - with unexpected results.
Author Handel
Lyrics Minato

Archive :: production:T0601474296, opera or operetta:S2127, venue:V376

Production details

Original production supported by English National Opera Trust. Running time 3 hrs 40 mins

Special Performances

  • 19 Nov 02 Sign Interpreted


Company English National Opera
Conductor Harry Bicket
Director Michael Walling (original director)
Director Michael Walling (revival director)
Design David Fielding
Lighting Paul Pyant
Translation Nicholas Hytner
Performer Sarah Connolly (Xerxes)
Performer Robin Blaze (Arsamenes)
Performer Anna Burford (Amastris)
Performer Rebecca Evans (Romilda)
Performer Mark Richardson (Ariodates)
Performer Mary Nelson (Atalanta)
Performer Iain Paterson (Elviro)

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