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. Running time 3 hours 30 minutesPerformers Katarina Karneus (Xerxes), Lawrence Zazzo (Arsamenes - Nov 16/19/24/26/ Dec 1), Robin Blaze (Dec 6/15), Lucy Schaufer (Amastris), Sarah-Jane Davies (Romilda), Neal Davies (Ariodates), Sarah Tynan (Atalanta), Graeme Danby (Elviro).
Author Handel. Lyrics Minato. Corporate 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.