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Work: Serse (Xerxes)

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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LondonSerse, HWV 40

Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
Christian Curnyn; Anna Stéphany; Mary Bevan; Anna Devin; Edward Grint

RouenSerse

Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
David Bates; Jean-Philippe Clarac; Opéra de Rouen Normandie; Emily D'Angelo; Jakub Józef Orliński

ParisSerse (version concert)

Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
Enrico Onofri; Opéra de Rouen Normandie; Emily D'Angelo; Jakub Józef Orliński; Lucile Richardot; Mari Eriksmoen
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Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
The problem with on-stage vulgarity is that, while it might be sophisticated and knowing satire, it ends by being what it is parodying.
***11
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All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
A revival of Stefan Herheim's production of Handel's Xerxes in Düsseldorf makes for a rip-roaring evening of theatrical comedy.
****1
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A Serse like no other from Il pomo d'oro

Maxim Emelyanychev © Jean-Baptiste Millot
A star cast and red-hot conducting make for a memorable night at the Barbican.
*****
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Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
With many costume changes, notably into a Sun-King with very prominent phalic sunburst, Houtzeel held centre-stage in the title role.
****1
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Baroque pyrotechnics: Handel's Serse dazzles at Versailles

Franco Fagioli © Julian Laidig
An evening of exquisite Baroque music and flamboyant coloratura at the Royal Theatre in Versailles.
*****
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