A revival of ETO’s popular production sees Handel’s famous Venetian opera relocated to the Battle of Britain
Jonathan Peter Kenny conductor
James Conway director
Sarah Bacon designer
Mark Howland lighting designer
The Old Street Band
Julia Riley Xerxes
Laura Mitchell Romilda
Galina Averina Atalanta
Clint van der Linde Arsamenes
Andrew Slater Ariodate
Carolyn Dobbin Armastris
Peter Brathwaite Elviro
Cavalli La Calisto
One of ETO’s most warm-hearted and humorous productions of recent years was Xerxes, which saw Handel’s famous Venetian-style opera relocated to the Battle of Britain, with the Persian king recast as a glamorous prince-turned-pilot jealous of his brother’s stronger sex appeal.
The score is absolutely Handel at his best, sometimes fiery and even explosive, at other times deeply touching. ETO’s production, acclaimed in the press and loved by audiences when it was first performed in 2011 – recreates the pivotal moment in World War II history when Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany in Europe.
Julia Riley, Clint van der Linde, Laura Mitchell and Andrew Slater return in their original roles, with Peter Brathwaite and Galina Averina in her company debut, and Jonathan Peter Kenny directing the spitfire brilliance of the Old Street Band.
Sung in English with surtitles
“Covent Garden would count itself lucky to host a baroque show of this calibre” — ★★★★★ The Independent on Xerxes
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 40 minutes incl. interval
Pre-show talk: 6.15pm. Free to ticket holders. The pre-show talk will take place in E7 at the bottom of D corridor. Directions will be given on arrival.