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Xerxes 2018Byre Opera

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Xerxes is famous largely for the first melody after the overture. The Persian king breaks off his preparations for war against the Greeks to serenade a particularly beautiful plane tree under whose shade he is resting. But 'Ombra mai fu' (aka 'Handel's Largo') is far from being the only superbly memorable piece in this excellent, wonderfully witty drama, one of Handel's last Italian operas.

Michael Downes will conduct a period-instrument orchestra in which the section leaders will be the members of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and guest players are coming from London.

Admission £19, £15 (concessions), £10 (students and under 26)

Performance Cast

Serse (Xerxes) King of Persia

Catherine Hooper (Exc Jun 30; Jul 1)

Katie Grosset (Jun 30; Jul 1)

Arsamene (Arsamenes) brother of Xerxes, in love with Romilda

Lauren Gage

Romilda daughter of Ariodate, in love with Arsamene

Fanny Empacher

Atalanta Romilda's sister, also (though secretly) in love with Arsamene

Raphaƫlle Daoglio

Amastre Princess of Tagor betrothed to Xerxes, disguised as a man

Katherine Gunya

Ariodate a prince, commander of Xerxes' army

Teddy Day

Elviro servant to Arsamene

Peter Sutton

Performance DatesXerxes 2018

Map List

Byre Theatre | St Andrews

22 Jun, 19.30 23 Jun, 19.30 24 Jun, 19.30

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Maltings Theatre, Berwick-upon-Tweed | Berwick-upon-Tweed

30 Jun, 19.30 1 Jul, 16.00

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Priory Church of the Order of St John | London

5 Jul, 19.30 6 Jul, 19.30

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