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Nicolo Minato, revised by Silvio Stampiglia
George Frideric Handel
15 September – 3 October | 6 Performances | Running time: 3hrs 30mins
Intrigue, infidelity and secret love are played out in an unmatched sequence of exquisite and dazzling arias (beginning with the celebrated Largo, Ombra mai fù), which sure-footedly move between comedy and tragedy to reveal Handel’s masterly dramatic genius. With spectacular designs evoking Vauxhall’s pleasure gardens in the eighteenth century, the action centres on the rivalry between Xerxes and his brother Arsamenes for the love of the same woman.
Nicholas Hytner’s Olivier Award-winning production has earned the company an enviable reputation as an international progenitor of stylish, theatrically adventurous productions of Handel and other baroque repertoire.
The cast is headed by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who sings the title role at ENO for the first time. Star counter-tenor Andrew Watts returns as Arsamenes, while the ever-popular Sarah Tynan sings Romilda. In their first Handelian roles, ENO Harewood Artists Rhian Lois and Catherine Young play Atalanta (Romilda’s naughty little sister) and Amastris. Michael Hofstetter, who conducted last season’s acclaimed Traviata, returns to the London Coliseum.