Händel – Xerxes @ENO London and on BBC Radio 3

I found this on the wonderful „The Eyes have it“ blog and was trying to reblog but somehow it didn’t work. For all Händel lovers out there who are – like me – unable to make it to London for this performance a good possiblity to at least listen to it on the radio. A glimpse of the production can also be found on you tube with Alice Coote in the lead:

Saturday October 4 at 18.00 on BBC radio 3

Handel’s Xerxes from English national Opera

“Alice Coote’s Xerxes is a miracle of petulant, lusty privilege and swagger”
Link to BBC radio 3 for this programme

In the words of the BBC:  Next Saturday’s Opera on 3 is Handel’s comic opera “Xerxes” in Nicholas Hytner’s award-winning production for English National Opera. The King of Persia, falls in love with Romilda, and tells his brother Arsamenes to woo her for him. Unfortuately Arsamenes and Romilda are already in love with each other, and to confuse matters further, Romilda’s sister, Atalanta, is secretly in love with Arsamenes and decides to encourage the King. Humour and social satire are combined with Handel’s glorious music. A stellar cast includes Alice Coote as Xerxes and Sarah Tynan as Romilda

Xerxes…..Alice Coote (Mezzo)
Arsamenes…..Andrew Watts (Countertenor)
Romilda…..Sarah Tynan (Soprano)
Atalanta…..Rhian Lois (Soprano)
Amastris…..Catherine Young (Mezzo)
Elviro…..Adrian Powter (Baritone)
Ariodates…..Neal Davies (Bass Baritone)
ENO Chorus. ENO Orchestra. Michael Hofstetter (Conductor)

ENO web site

ENO Xerxes page

Review from The Telegraph

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