Handel's Serse

Michael Hampe (stage director), Christophe Rousset (conductor) – With Sandrine Piau (Atalanta), Marcello Lippi (Ariodate) – Semperoper Dresden

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Michael Hampe — Stage director

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

Program notes

Serse is perhaps 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 in part be due to the incredibly popular aria it contains, Ombra mai fu.

Recordings of the complete opera are rare and this one first presented in Dresden combines a visually strong staging with exceptional cast and ensemble of Baroque specialists.

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