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.