Georg Friedrich Händel

Xerxes

Dramma per musica in three acts [1738]
German
3h 20m incl. intermission
19:30
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19:30
19:30
19:00
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The splendid magic of Baroque theatre on the stage of the Komische Oper Berlin: in the celebrated production by the Norwegian theatre magician Stefan Herheim and with musical direction by Baroque specialist Konrad Junghänel , Handel's opera Xerxes becomes a feast for the eyes, ears and senses. With grand opulence and a loving eye for detail, Herheim tells the story of the mighty Persian King Xerxes, who commands great armies and yet who is helpless in the face of love. Herheim does so in a way which humorously toys with theatrical conventions and which is filled with the spirit of Handel's era, yet still creates a link to the here and now – »a miracle of theatre which proves that education and history-conscious complexity of thought can increase our ability to enjoy«. [FAZ]
Libretto based on work by Silvio Stampiglia
German translation by Eberhard Schmidt

A co-production with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein
Fri., 9. February 2018, 19:30

Crew

Musical direction
Staging
Stage design
Heike Scheele
Costumes
Gesine Völlm
Dramaturgy
Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach, Ingo Gerlach
Lighting
Franck Evin

Cast

Arsamenes
Amastris
Atalanta
Elviro