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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 listings for Xerxes

Work type: Opera or Operetta.


Company Byre Opera.
30 Jun 18The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
listing details L1846455651


Sung in English TranslationCompany English Touring Opera. Conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny. Director James Conway. Design Sarah Bacon. Lighting Mark Howland. Performer Julia Riley (Xerxes). Performer Laura Mitchell (Romilda). Performer Galina Averina (Atalanta). Performer Clint van der Linde (Arsamenes). Performer Andrew Slater (Ariodate). Performer Carolyn Dobbin (Armastris). Performer Peter Brathwaite (Elviro).
22 Nov 16Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L1459514862
19 Nov 16Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L0707117375
14 Nov 16Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L1476080064
9 Nov 16New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth :: V769
listing details L0600541413
25 Oct 16Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L0526469531
22 Oct 16Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
listing details L01125363084
8 Oct 16Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
listing details L01502785296


Sung in Italian with English surtitles.Producer Longborough Festival Opera. Conductor Jeremy Silver. Director Jenny Miller. Design Faye Bradley. Lighting Anna Sbokou. Choreographer Michael Spenceley. Director Rebecca Hanbury (assistant). Performer Jake Arditti (Xerxes). Performer Tai Oney (Arsamenes). Performer Lucinda Stuart (Amastris). Performer Jon Stainsby (Ariodate). Performer Alice Privett (Romilda). Performer Abbi Temple (Atalanta). Performer Matthew Durkan (Elviro). Performer Chiara Vinci (chorus). Performer Laurence Panter (chorus).
25 Jul 15 to 26 Jul 15Longborough Festival Opera, Moreton-in-Marsh :: V1570387415
listing details L01244596681


Company Hampstead Garden Opera.
24 Apr 15 to 3 May 15Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Inner London :: V1170
listing details L0249185359


Sung in English with English surtitles. Running time: 3hrs 30minsCompany English National Opera. Conductor Michael Hofstetter. Director Nicholas Hytner. Director Michael Walling (revival). Design David Fielding. Lighting Paul Pyant. Other Nicolo Minato (librettist). Other Silvio Stampiglia (librettist - revised). Translation Nicholas Hytner. Performer Alice Coote (Xerxes). Performer Andrew Watts (Arsamenes). Performer Sarah Tynan (Romilda). Performer Rhian Lois (Atalanta). Performer Catherine Young (Amastris). Performer Adrian Powter (Elviro). Performer Neal Davies (Ariodates).
15 Sep 14 to 3 Oct 14London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L329791345


Sung in English Translation. Running time: 2hrs 50minsCompany English Touring Opera.
24 Nov 11Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
listing details L636455739
18 Nov 11 to 19 Nov 11Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L0952649934
21 Oct 11Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
listing details L036915730


Company Fitzwilliam Chamber Opera.
11 Apr 08 to 12 Apr 08Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
listing details L01314678118


Running time 3 hours 30 minutesCorporate Sponsor Sky. Corporate Sponsor Artsworld. Company English National Opera. Director Nicholas Hytner. Director Michael Walling (revival director). Conductor Noel Davies. Design David Fielding. Lighting Paul Pyant. Translation Nicholas Hytner. Performer Katarina Karneus (Xerxes). Performer Lawrence Zazzo (Arsamenes - Nov 16/19/24/26/ Dec 1). Performer Robin Blaze (Dec 6/15). Performer Lucy Schaufer (Amastris). Performer Sarah-Jane Davies (Romilda). Performer Neal Davies (Ariodates). Performer Sarah Tynan (Atalanta). Performer Graeme Danby (Elviro).
16 Nov 05 to 15 Dec 05London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01760082854

Les Arts Florissants - T1312797537

Conductor William Christie. Performer Anne Sofie von Otter (Xerxes). Performer Lawrence Zazzo (Arsamene). Performer Silvia Tro Santafe (Amastre). Performer Giovanni Furlanetto (Ariodate). Performer Sandrine Piau (Romilda). Performer Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (Atalanta). Performer Antonio Abete (Elviro).
28 Nov 03Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
listing details L501252795


Original production supported by English National Opera Trust. Running time 3 hrs 40 minsCompany 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).
7 Nov 02 to 30 Nov 02London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L463174275


Company British Youth Theatre. Performer Stephanie Marshall.
2 Sep 00 to 6 Sep 00Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L0735349782


Company English National Opera. Translation Nicholas Hytner. Lighting Paul Pyant. Design David Fielding. Conductor Noel Davies. Director Nicholas Hytner. Performer Sarah Connolly. Performer Artur Stefanowicz. Performer Jean Rigby. Performer Janis Kelly. Performer Susan Gritton. Performer Christopher Booth-Jones.
6 Feb 98 to 6 Mar 98London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01808282566


Company Royal Academy of Music and Drama. Director Nigel Warrington. Conductor Catherine Macintosh.
3 May 97 to 9 May 97Old Atheneum, Glasgow :: V615
listing details L01069449600

Other listings

5 Nov 11Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
listing details L1453985365
19 May 97Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L01385793325

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