Music by G. Handel

"One of the most opulent and beautiful productionsIndiana University has ever seen."

GARY THOR WEDOW, conductor

Tyrannical Persian king Xerxes is used to getting what he wants—and now, he wants his brother’s girlfriend. But the king’s fiancée is not too excited about the idea. Further complicating matters, the girlfriend’s sister wants her sibling’s boyfriend. What’s a king to do?

Sibling and romantic rivalry provide plenty of entertaining complications in this comic nod to the green-eyed monster—Baroque style.

Featuring one of Handel’s best-known pieces, “Ombra mai fu,” the king’s sublime love aria to a magnificent tree, claimed to be the first piece of music broadcast on radio.

In Italian with English supertitles. This production is made possible in part by the Georgina Joshi Foundation.

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Creative Team

Conductor: Arthur Fagen
Globally acclaimed Atlanta Opera music director, Jacobs School of Music faculty member.

Director: Tom Diamond
Renowed operatic acting coach and one of Canada's most important opera directors

Set Designer: Robert Perdziola
Award-winning set and costume designer for the world's most respected opera and ballet companies

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