Xerxes (Serse)


Serse is one of Handel’s latest and most frequently performed operas, famous for ist 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 also musically 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).

Additional Info

  • No: 748004
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
  • Orchestra: Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester
  • Artists: Gaëlle Arquez, Lawrence Zazzo, Elizabeth Sutphen, Louise Alder, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner
  • Production year: 2018-09
  • Run time: 03:00:00
  • Director: Staged by Tilman Köhler

Disc Infos

  • Subtitles: It, E, G, F, Jp, Ko
  • Booklet: E, G, F
  • No. of Discs: 1
  • Run time: 180 mins
  • Disc Format: BD 50
  • Picture: NTSC HD
  • Audio: PCM Stereo
  • Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
  • Price Code: CME 25
  • Item No.: 748004
  • UPC No.: 814337014803
  • Release Date: 2018-09
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