May 20–June 1, 2020


Xerxes (HWV 40)

On April 15, 1738, Handel’s Serse was premiered at the King’s Theatre in the Haymarket – a comedy of errors that shows the Persian King as lover and not as warlord or statesman. Only four more performances followed. After that, the opera disappeared from the stage until 1924. Today, the work belongs to the permanent repertoire of all major opera houses. Xerxes’ opening aria “Ombra mai fu” has in numerous arrangements long since developed a life of its own, and is appreciated by amateurs and stars alike at venues ranging from private homes to Carnegie Hall. Sophie Rennert, who made her debut at Göttingen in 2017 with Lotario, sings the title role. Other audience favourites of recent years including Anna Dennis and William Berger will also take the stage.

Pre-performance talk german and english

6 pm
Lokhalle Göttingen
Free entrance with a valid ticket for an opera performace

Xerxes (HWV 40)

Xerxes (HWV 40)

29 May 2020
7 pm
Duration: approx. 4 hrs
Lokhalle Göttingen
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Sophie Rennert Mezzo-soprano – Serse
Christopher Ainslie Countertenor – Arsamene
Anna Dennis Soprano – Romilda
Sophie Harmsen Mezzo-soprano – Amastre
Rachel Redmond Soprano – Atalanta
William Berger Baritone – Ariodate
Lisandro Abadie Bass-baritone – Elviro

Vokalensemble 100 Göttingen
Johanna Soller Choral director

FestspielOrchester Göttingen
Laurence Cummings Harpsichord and conductor

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