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. Sung in English with English surtitles. Running time: 3hrs 30mins

Performers Alice Coote (Xerxes), Andrew Watts (Arsamenes), Sarah Tynan (Romilda), Rhian Lois (Atalanta), Catherine Young (Amastris), Adrian Powter (Elviro), Neal Davies (Ariodates).
Author Handel. Lyrics Minato. Company 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.


Xerxes (Opera or Operetta) production archive for QTIX code T039762722. Details of all Xerxes archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S2127

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