Serse, Haendel – Opera
Christophe Rousset, Philip Behrens – Sandrine Piau (Atalanta), Marcello Lippi (Ariodate) – Semperoper Dresden

Serse is maybe Handel’s most intriguing operas.

Rediscovered at the 1924 Göttingen Handel Festival, the work soon became one of the composer’s most popular operas, surpassed only by Giulio Cesare. Its popularity might be partly due to the most famous opera aria by Handel, Ombra mai fu.

However, recordings of the complete opera are rare and this one from the opulent Semperoper in Dresden combines a visually strong staging with the expertise of an excellent team of instrumentalists and singers, all of them well versed in Baroque performance practice. With a cast like this, this production of Serse not only became one of the highlights of the festival, but also will continue to fascinate TV audiences alike.

Paula Rasmussen (Serse)
Ann Hallenberg (Arsamene)
Patricia Bardon (Amastre)
Marcello Lippi (Ariodate)
Isabel Bayrakdarian (Romilda)
Sandrine Piau (Atalanta)
Matteo Peirone (Elviro)


Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset conductor

Movie director : Philip Behrens
Musical period : Baroque music
Music genres : Voice, Opera
Musical form : Opera

Duration : 02 h 36 min
Location : Semperoper Dresden (Dresden, Germany)
Recording date : 2000
Production date : 2000
Production : © Dresdner Musikfestspiele
Available version(s) : IT