Houston Grand Opera broadcasts continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, November 16th, with a performance of Xerxes by George Frideric Handel. The libretto is adapted from one by Silvio Stampiglia that he authored for an earlier opera of the same name by Giovanni Bononcini in 1694. The performance will be sung in Italian and will run approximately three hours.

One of Handel’s most popular operas, Xerxes is a feast for the ears and the eyes in Houston Grand Opera's classic eighteenth-century production. A mad entanglement of love stories, the opera follows the tyrannical and flamboyant Xerxes in his quest for Romilda, who is beloved by his very own brother Arsamenes. The award-winning production is set in an English pleasure garden—an excellent location for an elaborate lovers’ chase.

THE CAST
Xerxes (Serse): Susan Graham
Romilda: Laura Claycomb
Arsamenes: David Daniels
Amastre: Sonia Prina
Atalante: Heidi Stober
Ariodate: Philip Cutlip
Elviro: Adam Cioffari
Conductor: William Lacey