Handel’s spectacular opera of love and power in ancient Persia. Harry Bicket conducts The English Concert and a world-class cast in a concert performance of Serse.
Serse rules a vast empire, but the human heart is more difficult to command, and sometimes the beauty of a plane tree is the only constant in a dangerous world. Created to astonish London audiences in 1728, and premiered just minutes from St Martin in the Fields, Handel’s opera Serse is a drama of love, war and civil engineering, and tonight it’s brought sparkling back to life by a team of the world’s leading Handel interpreters – directed by Harry Bicket and starring the “barnstorming” (The Daily Telegraph) Emily D’Angelo as the lovestruck king.
‘A spectacular treat for Handel lovers.’ ***** The Times
‘Splendidly done.’ **** DailyTelegraph
‘ . . . the sounds that came out of that (The English Concert) ensemble were gleamingly aristocratic or thunderously lively.’ ***** The Arts Desk