Handel: Serse (Blu-Ray) – Gaëlle Arquez

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Handel: Serse (Blu-Ray) – Gaëlle Arquez

Composer: George Frideric Handel
Artists: Gaëlle Arquez, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Lawrence Zazzo, Louise Alder, Elizabeth Sutphen, Brandon Cedel, Thomas Faulkner, Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester
Conductor: Constantinos Carydis
Director: Tilmann Köhler
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Korean, Japanese
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 1
Studio: C Major Entertainment
Blu-Ray Release Date: September 28, 2018
Run Time: 180 minutes

Serse is one of Handel’s latest and most frequently performed operas, famous for its marvelous opening aria “Ombra mai fu.” At the center of the confusing tragicomedy, very loosely based upon the life of Xerxes I of Persia, is a powerful and lovesick royal eccentric, King Serse. Rising opera star Gaëlle Arquez in the title role of Serse scintillates with her “nimble, luminous mezzo-soprano,” her singing “irresistibly beautiful, impassioned, furious but never mean” (Frankfurter Rundschau). Frankfurt’s excellent Opern- and Museumsorchester contributes “all sorts of refinements” to this “musical smash hit” (Deutschlandfunk) and “In Frankfurt Tilman Kohler ensures a three-hour short abundant and furious banquet, a great evening of opera.” (Deutschlandfunk).

Recorded live at Oper Frankfurt in January 2017.

 

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