Broadcasts from the San Francisco Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at noon this Saturday, September 29, with a performance of Xerxes by George Frideric Handel, to a libretto that was an anonymous revision of Silvio Stampiglia’s libretto 'Il Xerse' based on Nicolo Minato’s 'Il Xerse'. This San Francisco Opera premiere of an English National Opera production will be sung in Italian and run approximately three hours and forty minutes.
Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Handel productions of our time, this visually stunning (for live audiences, of course) Olivier Award–winning staging by famed film and theater director Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) is the perfect introduction to this Baroque-era masterpiece. Clever comedy is intertwined with tender poignancy in a tale of unrequited love and intrigue at a royal court. Patrick Summers, who conducts Handel with “astounding depth, virtuosity and clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle), leads an outstanding cast featuring Susan Graham, who “does spellbinding justice to Handel’s heavenly music” (The Wall Street Journal), and David Daniels, “the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever” (The New York Times).