George Frideric Handel


Hats off to OTC for an excellent production of Xerxes, which is now on a national tour.  Do see this if you can – everything is good!  - The Opera Page 

Best known for its exquisite opening aria sung to a tree, this witty comedy bristles with thwarted passions. A tangled web of lovers get caught in the romantic crossfire as they plot, connive and scheme in Handel’s glorious opera Xerxes. King Xerxes and his brother Arsamene are in love with Romilda. But she and her manipulative little sister Atalanta both love Arsamene. Meanwhile, Xerxes' jilted fiancée Amastre stalks the scene, disguised as a man, looking for revenge. 

Opera Theatre Company celebrates the 250th anniversary of Handel’s death with his most popular opera Xerxes sung in English. 

Tour Details

Feb 13 & 14, 2009 Dublin O’Reilly Theatre
Feb 17, 2009 Galway Town Hall Theatre
Feb 19, 2009 Tralee Siamsa Tire
Feb 21, 2009 Limerick Millennium
Feb 24, 2009 Cork The Everyman
Feb 26, 2009 Kilkenny Watergate Theatre
Feb 28, 2009 Skibbereen Town Hall Theatre
Mar 3, 2009 Omagh Strule Arts Centre
Mar 5, 2009 Sligo Hawk's Well Theatre
Mar 7, 2009 Belfast Stranmillis Theatre

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Production Information


Xerxes Imelda Drumm
Arsamenes Mark Chambers
Romilda Natasha Joul
Atlanta Rebekkah Coffey
Amastris Allison Cooke
Ariodates Giles Davies
Elviro Brendan Collins

Creative Team

Music Director Andrew Synnott
Director Michael Moxham
Designer Sarah Bacon
Lighting Designer Kevin Treacy

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