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VenueRoyal Opera House
Other spaces: Linbury Studio, Ballet Studio, Clore Studio,Floral Hall
TownWest End
CountyGreater London
From30th October 2009
To14th November 2009
WhenOct 30, Nov 3,5,9,10,12 at 19:30. Nov 1,7,14 Mats 14:30
PricesFrom £10.00. To £35.00.
What is currently on at Royal Opera House (V377)


Artaxerxes was premiered o 2 February 1762 at Covent Garden with Charlotte Brent (mistress to Thomas Arne at the time) in the role of Mandane and the Italian castrato Ferdinando Tenducci as Arbaces. The work received over 111 performances in England before 1790. Artaxerxes was last heard in repertory at Covent Garden during the 1842/43 Season. Thomas Arne wrote Artaxerxes in 1762 adapting the libretto from Metastasio's Artaserse. The opera is set in Ancient Asia, with its theme of love, loyalty and friendship. Arne successfully merged the florid Italian style of writing with an English libretto, with one particular aria 'The Soldier, tir'd of Wars Alarms' sung by Mandane (Xerxes daughter) becoming a popular soprano showpiece.
Music Thomas Arne

Archive :: production:T1125332075, opera or operetta:S784704082, venue:V377

Production details

Linbury Studio


Producer Royal Opera
Conductor Ian Page
Director Martin Duncan
Design Johan Engels
Company Orchestra of the Classical Opera Company
Performer Christopher Ainslie (Artaxerxes)
Performer Elizabeth Watts (Mandane)
Performer Andrew Staples (Artabanes)
Performer Caitlin Hulcup (Arbaces)
Performer Rebecca Bottone (Semira)
Performer Steven Ebeel (Rimenes)

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