Handel: Xerxes (2DVD)

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Gaëlle Arquez, Elizabeth Sutphen, Frankfurter Opern, Constantinos Carydis

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Serse is one of Handel’s latest and most frequently performed operas, famous for its marvellous opening aria “Ombra mai fu”. At the centre of the confusing tragicomedy, very loosely based upon the life of Xerxes I of Persia, is a powerful and lovesick royal eccentric, King Serse. Rising opera star Gaëlle Arquez in the title role of Serse “scintillates with her nimble, luminous mezzo-soprano”, singing “irresistibly beautiful, impassioned, furious – but never mean” (Frankfurter Rundschau). Conducted by Constantinos Carydis, the performance is alsomusically excellent. “Over and over again, the orchestra, in an intelligent, often witty way, comments with improvised gestures on the stage proceedings, the fine dynamic differentiation, and the many eloquent timbres” (Stuttgarter Nachrichten). Frankfurt’s excellent Opern- and Museumsorchester contributes “all sorts of refinements” to this “musical smash hit” (Deutschlandfunk) and „In Frankfurt Tilman Köhler ensures a three hour short abundant and furious banquett… a great evening of opera.“ (Deutschlandfunk).

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Gaëlle Arquez (Xerxes), Elizabeth Sutphen (Romilda), Lawrence Zazzo (Arsamene), Louise Alder (Atalanta), Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Amastre), Thomas Faulkner (Elviro), Brandon Cedel (Ariodate)

Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester, Constantinos Carydis, Tilmann Köhler

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Sung in Italian
Subtitles in Italian (original language), Italian, English, German, French, Korean, Japanese

Region Code: All Regions
Run Time: 3 Hours
Picture: NTSC,16:9
Audio: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1