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Opera on 3


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Live from the Coliseum in London.
Handel's opera looks at the perils of romantic love, balancing tragedy and farce, and the heroic and the comic in music of great brilliance and heartfelt emotion. The plot juggles rivalry, banishment, disguise and misunderstanding as the Persian King Xerxes and his brother Arsamenes both pursue the beautiful Romilda, and are in turn pursued by Amastris and Atalanta.
English National Opera Orchestra, conductor Harry Bicket Actl
8.10 Twenty Minutes: The X-factor Few of us can lay claim to an X in our name, but Xerxes boasts two. What do we know about this illusive letter? Richard Foster tracks down the enigmatic X.
8.30 Acts 2 and 3


Conductor: Harry Bicket
Unknown: Richard Foster
Xerxes: Sarah Connolly (mezzo)
Arsamenes: Robin Blaze (countertenor)
Romilda: Rebecca Evans (soprano)
Amastris: Anna Burford (mezzo)
Ariodates: Mark Richardson (bass)
Atalanta: Mary Nelson (soprano)
Elviro: Lain Paterson (bass)

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