Nicholas Hytner’s iconic production of Handel’s comic masterpiece returns to the London Coliseum stage. Mixing humour, sexuality and seething emotions with dazzling music and soaring singing, Xerxes is an enthralling night of fun, joy and biting social satire.
Spectacularly evoking Vauxhall’s pleasure gardens of the eighteenth century, this Olivier Award-winning production centres on the rivalry between Xerxes and his brother Arsamenes for the love of the same woman.
The cast is headed by internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, who sings the title role for the first time. Star counter-tenor Andrew Watts returns as Arsamenes, alongside Sarah Tynan as Romilda. Michael Hofstetter, who conducted last season’s acclaimed Traviata, returns to the London Coliseum.
Xerxes is sung and surtitled in English | Running time: 3hrs 30mins
Listen to the pre-performance talk from 20 September, with Handel expert Berta Joncus revival director Michael Walling.
Signed performance 24 Sep.
Original production supported by the English National Opera Trust
Xerxes cast and creative team
Conductor Michael Hofstetter
Director Nicholas Hytner
Revival Director Michael Walling
Designer David Fielding
Lighting Designer Paul Pyant
Librettist Nicolo Minato, revised by Silvio Stampiglia
Translator Nicholas Hytner
Xerxes Alice Coote
Arsamenes Andrew Watts
Romilda Sarah Tynan
Atalanta Rhian Lois
Amastris Catherine Young
Elviro Adrian Powter
Ariodates Neal Davies