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GF Handel
Opera in 3 acts [1738]

Performed in Italian

Eric sings the role of Arsamene.

The Persian King Xerxes and his well-off guests’ dining table is laid with hunger for power, obsession, resentment and vanity. But they’re all driven by one thing really: love. Xerxes just forgot all about his intended bride Amastre and is now hell-bent on conquering Romilda. She is in love with his brother Arsamene, who Romilda’s sister Atalanta wants to get her hands on. In one of his last operas Handel managed to walk an unusual tightrope in a work switching between satire and tragedy. It opens with one his most popular numbers: the famous Larghetto »Ombra mai fu«, Xerxes’ declaration of love for a tree. Tilmann Köhler and his team bring us up close to his protagonists’ aberrations and confusions – with infectious playfulness, sensitivity for the vulnerability of the figures and delight in the absurd.

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July 2, 5, 9