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Sep. 22 2012

09/29/12 – Xerxes – 1:00pm

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San Francisco Opera

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel
Anonymous revision of Silvio Stampiglia’s libretto ‘Il Xerse,’ based on Nicolo Minato’s ‘Il Xerse’

Sung in Italian
Approximate running time: 3 hours, 40 minutes including two intermissions

 

Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Handel productions of our time, this visually stunning Olivier Award–winning staging by famed film and theater director Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) is the perfect introduction to this Baroque-era masterpiece. Clever comedy is intertwined with tender poignancy in a tale of unrequited love and intrigue at a royal court. Patrick Summers, who conducts Handel with “astounding depth, virtuosity and clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle), leads an outstanding cast featuring Susan Graham, who “does spellbinding justice to Handel’s heavenly music” (The Wall Street Journal), and David Daniels, “the most acclaimed counter tenor of the day, perhaps the best ever” (The New York Times).

Cast/Crew

XERXES SUSAN GRAHAM
ROMILDA LISETTE OROPESA
ARSAMENES DAVID DANIELS
ATALANTA HEIDI STOBER
AMASTRIS SONIA PRINA
ARIODATES WAYNE TIGGES *
ELVIRO MICHAEL SUMUEL

CONDUCTOR PATRICK SUMMERS
PRODUCTION NICHOLAS HYTNER *
REVIVAL DIRECTOR MICHAEL WALLING *
PRODUCTION DESIGNER DAVID FIELDING
LIGHTING DESIGNER PAUL PYANT
CHORUS DIRECTOR IAN ROBERTSON

Recorded Fall 2011, War Memorial Opera House.

* SAN FRANCISCO OPERA DEBUT

 


 

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