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Serse [videorecording]

George Frideric Handel ; [libretto, Silvio Stampiglia, based on a libretto by Nicolò Minato] ; directed for stage by Michael Hampe.
Format
Video; DVD
Summary
Xerxes, the king of Persia, is in love with Romilda, as is his brother Arsamenes. Romilda, though, is in love with Arsamenes as is her sister Atalanta. Xerxes banishes his brother Arsamenes from the court to have Romilda to himself, while Arsamenes' attempt to get a love letter to Romilda fails when her sister Atalanta intercepts the letter and deceives Romilda. The deceit ultimately leads to Romilda's father blessing the marriage between Arsamenes and Romilda which enrages Xerxes, but a visit from an old acquaintance of Xerxes questions the nature and morality of his actions.
Director
Michael Hampe; Philip Behrens
Performer(s)
Paula Rasmussen (Serse) ; Ann Hallenberg (Arsamene) ; Patricia Bardon (Amstre) ; Isabel Bayrakdarian (Romilda) ; Sandrine Piau (atalanta) ; Marcello Lippi (Ariodante) ; Matteo Peirone (Elviro) ; Ludwigshafener Theaterchor ; Les Talens lyriques ; Christophe Rousset, conductor.
Release Date
2000
Run Time
160 min.
Language
Sung in Italian, with subtitles in English, German and French, Italian and Spanish.
Notes
Program notes in English, German and French in container.
Variant title
Title in Italian:
Xerxes :
dramma per musica in tre atti, HWV 40
Credits
Directed for the stage by Michael Hampe; sets and costumes, Carlo Tommasi; directed for TV by Philip Behrens.
Published
[Germany] :EuroArts,c2005.
Recording information
Recorded in performance June 2-3, 2000, Semperoper, Dresden ; a performance from the Dresdner Musikfestspiele, 2000.
Publisher no.
2053798 EuroArts
Description
1 videodisc (160 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (15 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.) DVD-9; soundtracks in Dolby digital 5.1, PCM stereo; aspect ratio 4:3.
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